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Monday, July 18, 2005

Fixing One Election, After Another...

The only surprise here, is the source of coverage:
President George Bush's administration sought to influence the outcome of Iraq's January elections, using covert operations to avoid a landslide by Shiite Muslims close to Iran, according to a US magazine article released yesterday.

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In the same period, however, 'the White House promulgated a highly classified presidential 'finding', authorising the CIA to provide money and other support covertly to political candidates in certain countries who, in the Administration's view, were seeking to spread democracy,' the magazine said, citing former military and intelligence officials.
The original New Yorker piece can be found here.

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