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JOHN CHUCKMAN
 

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY WESLEY WARK IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Oh I do think Wesley Wark has missed something very important, but that is not unusual in Wark’s pieces.

Richard Fadden can’t say it, but I’d bet serious money he was given a wink and nod by Harper for his earlier statement.

Traditionally, it is only with such approval that spy agency masters ever speak out in public.

Harper, of course, now cowardly denies having done so, leaving Fadden hanging out to dry, as they say.

No other explanation is plausible for those who understand anything about spy agencies.

As to Wesley Wark’s poorly chosen example of John Kennedy and Allen Dulles – poorly chosen both because the situations are not comparable, CSIS never enjoying the power and resources of CIA – and because Wark fails to offer the full story which involved in part Kennedy using Dulles as a fall guy for a stupid, blundering decision.

‘As JFK famously told CIA director Allen Dulles before forcing him to step down over the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, “You might think the buck stops here, but it’s you, Allen, who is going to resign.” ‘

Yes, Mr. Wark, but it was Kennedy who ended up dead.

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