Good thing we have all corruption all the time sites out there, so we can stay on top of the latest gossip and spin as soon as it comes out. TPMuckraker now says:
Foggo was a problem for Goss, sure, but he wasn't the only problem, I'm told. There were a few, and they got to be too much.
There's been a drumbeat for the past few weeks that Goss would be leaving -- and it was louder than the Goss-is-leaving drumbeat folks have heard for the past year, two sources said. The crescendo came in part because several of his close aides have found ways to leave the director's office in the last few weeks, or put out feelers to find something new. "The whole group was out fishing" for new jobs, a former CIA official told me, "and the whole world knew it."
Other problems added to his trouble: Two sources told me that the President's discreet and influential Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has been interviewing CIA officials and others over the past several weeks, as part of a larger investigation. My sources didn't know or wouldn't tell me what the panel was examining, only that "a lot" of the people it talked to "were unloading on the director."
Trouble for a few weeks, FIAB involved, lots of people bailing as quickly as they can.
It could be anything, of course, I'd want to bail on the CIA if I worked there, too. But I'll repeat a point I made in the last thread: McCarthy was fired from the CIA's Inspector General's office. While it was unlikely she was fired for leaking firsthand knowledge about secret prisons, it is possible she leaked information about an investigation she was working on. According to a colleague, she has investigated (among other things) torture in Iraq.
Well, that gets us to the last few weeks now beind discussed. But let's go a bit further back, to the firing of Robert Grenier. Now, there are a lot of reasons why Grenier may have been fired. It may be he was too much of a bureaucrat. It may be that he was too close to the Pakistanis. Heck, it may even relate to his revelations about the Valerie Plame leak. But at least some stories (published primarily in Europe, it seems) allege Grenier was fired because he wasn't willing to use torture in the war on terror.
So I wonder (this is, obviously, all outofmyarse speculation), is it possible the whole torture house of cards was starting to collapse around Goss' head? Is it possible that Goss tried, but failed, to bring critics of the CIA's torture practices into line?
George Tenet was totally incompetent at a lot of things. But there are two things he was superb at. Briefing people--telling them what they wanted to hear. And covering up for others' failures. George Tenet saved Bush's ass on his failure to anticipate and prevent 9/11. And he has, thus far, neglected to bring Bush down for the lies he told to get us into Iraq. Indeed, Tenet survived as long as he did under Bush because he was successful at covering for Bush.
Did Goss just get fired because he is failing to cover for Bush on the torture issue?