CIA Finds Series Of Failures Led To '09 Attack
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
And, Mark, what have you learned about this warning and why the CIA didn't act on it?
MARK MAZZETTI: It was not a very specific warning, and they were really more concerned about this agent rather than hard evidence. However, Leon Panetta, the CIA director, said today that those concerns should have been passed up the chain and sent to CIA headquarters so that they could have help get this person that the CIA ultimately invited on to its base in late December, where he then detonated a suicide bomb.
SIEGEL: Now, today's CIA report details what it calls systemic failures that led to the deadly ambush last December. What's meant by systemic failures here?
MAZZETTI: Director Panetta said that there was a lack of really warzone experience at that CIA base, and more experience might have prevented this deadly attack from happening.
SIEGEL: Well, does this notion of systemic failures mean that no one at the CIA is going to be disciplined for the errors that led to this deadly suicide attack?
MAZZETTI: So, they are not convening what the CIA called Accountability Board, which is a group of CIA officers who are a body who investigate and holds individuals accountable. There may have been some internal reviews or demotions or some internal action that we do not know about, but not an organized accountability process that's going to be set in motion from this report.
SIEGEL: Well, if the failures then were systemic rather than attributed both to specific individuals, it is expected that things will change the CIA because of this investigation?
MAZZETTI: But, I mean, there's no doubt that this was a colossal failure by the CIA that led to one of its deadliest days ever.
SIEGEL: That's New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti. Thank you, Mark.
MAZZETTI: Thanks very much.
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