A decision by the Central Intelligence Agency to fly Sudan's intelligence chief to Washington in a C.I.A. jet in April set off a dispute inside the Bush administration, with some officials arguing that such recognition for a government accused of genocide and ties to terrorism sent a regrettable signal, administration officials said on Friday.
The visit by Salah Abdallah Gosh for consultations with the Central Intelligence Agency this year was intended by American intelligence officials to reward Sudan's cooperation since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in detaining suspected terrorists and providing information on Al Qaeda.
But some officials in the State Department and the Justice Department objected, arguing that the trip would send a misleading message both to the government of Sudan and to other countries about American priorities, officials said. Mr. Gosh's trip was first reported April 29 in The Los Angeles Times, which reported on the controversy within the administration in an additional article on Thursday.
The visit has provoked criticism from members of Congress and human rights groups, who say that Mr. Gosh has played a role in the government's collaboration with militias that have displaced millions of people and killed tens of thousands in the Darfur region. The United States has condemned Sudan for committing genocide in Darfur. A United Nations inquiry this spring referred a sealed list of names of 51 people suspected of committing crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court, which announced on June 6 that it had opened an investigation.
The above is from Scott Shane's "C.I.A. Role in Visit of Sudan Intelligence Chief Causes Dispute Within Administration" in this morning's New York Times. Yes, Erika, there is a reason to open the Saturday paper after all.
And you have to open it because, as Erika and any other member can tell you, "Scott Shane" as a byline, for some reason, always translates, to the paper, as "inside the paper." (Which, this morning, means A7.) (To the community, it almost always translates as "real news.")
You do know that Scott Shane invented the printing press, right? Or rather that we think he did? That was a remark/accusation made in an e-mail from a Time's-er yesterday. Let's hope it was an attempt to be silly and joke (I did laugh reading it).
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