Saturday, August 23, 2008

Suskind Gets Gonged

The Central Intelligence Agency has responded officially to “charges in the current Ron Suskind bestseller, The Way of the World (Harper), related to the agency taking part in falsifying evidence related to WMD in Iraq.” So reports Editor and Publisher in an item released yesterday.

The Editor and Publisher item is lengthy, interesting and here. However, at least one thing about it causes concern: the CIA took the time to send an official response to dispute Suskind’s claims. Here’s the disturbing part: does all of this mean that Gong Show host and inventor Chuck Barris really was a CIA hitman as he claimed in his 1982 book, Confessions of A Dangerous Mind (republished two decades later when it was made into a film featuring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney and Julia Roberts)? After all, Barris made all of these outlandish (some would say ridiculous) claims and the CIA sat on their hands and stayed mum. What’s it all mean?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so fast. In the LA Times story linked below it says:

Meanwhile, in Virginia, CIA officials seem amused by the saga. “It sounds like he might have been standing too close to the gong all those years,” says CIA spokesman Tom Crispell. “Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA. And the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd.”

Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 5:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Oh, oh, oh! Thank goodness.

Just... thank goodness! There might be sense available in the world after all.

Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 9:48:00 AM PDT  

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