WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A former FBI agent says the CIA has demanded cuts in his book on the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States because it fears embarrassment.
Ali H. Soufan, who spent years on counterterrorism, called the CIA’s cuts “ridiculous,” The New York Times reported. The FBI has already cleared his book, “The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaida.”
“It saddens me that some are refusing to address past mistakes,” Soufan said in a statement.
Soufan’s lawyer, David N. Kelley, in a letter to the counsel for the FBI, Valerie Caproni, said “credible sources” had told him the CIA hoped to stop publication because the book would be “embarrassing to the agency.”
The Times said sources familiar with the dispute said some of the CIA’s cuts are of information already in the public domain from congressional hearings on the report of the commission that investigated the attacks.
“The suggestion that the Central Intelligence Agency has requested redactions on this publication because it doesn’t like the content is ridiculous,” Jennifer Youngblood, a spokeswoman for the agency, said. “The CIA’s pre-publication review process looks solely at the issue of whether information is classified.”