Senatsrapporten om CIA-tortur hevder at CIA unnlot å informere Det hvite hus og Kongressen om hva som foregikk. Visse republikanere mener George W. Bush burde grepet sjansen til å si at han ikke visste hva som foregikk. Men det vil ikke Bush.
But Mr. Bush and his closest advisers decided that “we’re going to want to stand behind these guys,” as one former official put it.
Mr. Bush made that clear in an interview broadcast on Sunday. “We’re fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the C.I.A. serving on our behalf,” he told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “These are patriots and whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base.”
These are “really good people and we’re lucky as a nation to have them,” he said.
“Even if some officials privately believe they were not given all the facts, they feel it would be immoral and disloyal to throw the C.I.A. to the wolves at this point,” said one former official, who like others did not want to be identified speaking about the report before its release.
Another former official, who remains close to Mr. Bush, said the former president did not believe that the C.I.A. had misinformed him.