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5/17/2004


Powell Taken Off Air While on Meet The Press by Press Aide Emily Miller

When Secretary Colin Powell was on Meet The Press, towards the end of the interview, Tim Russert was beginning to question him on his credibility in regards to WMD in Iraq. But Tim was unable to finish his question because Emily Miller, The State Dept Press Aide, moved the camera off Secretary Powell sighting that they (MTP) have used too much time up already and that they would have to edit it (this question) out anyway. Powell snapped at Emily to get out of the way and turn the camera back on him so that he can answer Tim's questions.

I’m sure you’ll hear a lot about this, but really, what can be said? Powell stepped up and took a swing at a tough question. He didn’t run away. This mistake will add to Secretary Powell’s credibility.

As for Emily, I’m surprised that she had the guts to do what she did. The first thing I wanted to know after it happened was if Emily Miller began making plans to draw unemployment on Monday. We shall see.

As for dealing with the question of WMD’s, please read this and this.

Here is the transcript of how it all happened.

    Russert: Finally, Mr. Secretary, in February of 2003, you placed your enormous personal credibility before the United Nations and laid out a case against Saddam Hussein citing...

    Powell: Not off.

    Emily: No. They can't use it. They're editing it. They (unintelligible).

    Powell: He's still asking me questions. Tim.

    Emily: He was not...

    Powell: Tim, I'm sorry, I lost you.

    Russert: I'm right here, Mr. Secretary. I would hope they would put you back on camera. I don't know who did that.

    Powell: We really...

    Russert: I think that was one of your staff, Mr. Secretary. I don't think that's appropriate.

    Powell: Emily, get out of the way.

    Emily: OK.

    Powell: Bring the camera back, please. I think we're back on, Tim. Go ahead with your last question.

    Russert: Thank you very much, sir. In February of 2003, you put your enormous personal reputation on the line before the United Nations and said that you had solid sources for the case against Saddam Hussein. It now appears that an agent called Curveball had misled the CIA by suggesting that Saddam had trucks and trains that were delivering biological and chemical weapons. How concerned are you that some of the information you shared with the world is now inaccurate and discredited?

    Powell: I'm very concerned. When I made that presentation in February 2003, it was based on the best information that the Central Intelligence Agency made available to me. We studied it carefully; we looked at the sourcing in the case of the mobile trucks and trains. There was multiple sourcing for that. Unfortunately, that multiple sourcing over time has turned out to be not accurate. And so I'm deeply disappointed. But I'm also comfortable that at the time that I made the presentation, it reflected the collective judgment, the sound judgment of the intelligence community. But it turned out that the sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and in some cases, deliberately misleading. And for that, I am disappointed and I regret it.

    Russert: Mr. Secretary, we thank you very much for joining us again and sharing your views with us today.

    Powell: Thanks, Tim.

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posted by: Brian Scott


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