Gates Apologizes to Hillary
Defense sec tries to cool feud over challenge to patriotism
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2007 5:12 PM CDT
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by Molly Gilliam, 1999 (DOD 010928-F-9596V-002)   ((c) pingnews.com)
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(Newser) – Hillary shouldn't have been called a traitor, Robert Gates wrote yesterday in a letter apologizing for a deputy's refusal to share Iraq withdrawal plans with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The deputy had charged that the divulging the information could “reinforce enemy propaganda.”

In the letter, Gates confirmed his belief in the “essential” nature of congressional oversight. In an effort to end the highly publicized feud, Gates offered what the AP calls the “most explicit admission to date” that withdrawal plans were being drafted. But he defended the writer of the original letter, calling him a “valued member” of the department.