Tenet Denies Drunken Rant About 'the Jews'

Pressured CIA chief spilled fears to Saudi prince
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2008 2:28 PM CST
Tenet flailed around in Bandar's pool and told him he was being set up during the Iraq WMD fiasco, a new book alleges.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – George Tenet is vehemently denying a report in a new book that the then-CIA director railed against Bush administration neocons, "referring to them with exaxperation [sic] as, 'the Jews,'" the Atlantic reports. The incident took place in Saudi Prince Bandar's pool after Tenet downed half a bottle of scotch, according to the book, by New York Times reporter Patrick Tyler. Tyler reports in a footnote that Tenet "disputed the remarks attributed to him."

"The bastards are setting me up" to take the fall after reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction proved false, Tyler quotes Tenet as saying. "I am not going to take the hit." (Read more George Tenet stories.)