During that meeting, Woodward claims that Tenet and Black warned Rice of an impending attack against the U.S. from Osama bin Laden.Editor & Publisher is reporting that an excerpt of Bob Woodward’s State Of Denial appears in today’s Washington Post with a “new 9/11 bombshell” and falsely states that the Bush administration kept secret a July 10, 2001 meeting between George Tenet, J. Cofer Black, and Condi Rice from the 9/11 Commission.
Update: Greg Tinti has more information.
Update II: Secretary Rice refutes Bob Woodward’s account:
Rice said she had no specific recollection of the meeting, stressed that the threat reporting at the time was about potential attacks abroad rather than at home, and denied she was given a warning of a possible strike on the United States.
“I don’t know that this meeting took place … what I am quite certain of is that (it) was not a meeting in which I was told that there was an impending attack and I refused to respond,” Rice told reporters as she flew to the Middle East.
“I would remember if I was told, as this account apparently says, that there was about to be an attack in the United States. And the idea that I would somehow have ignored that, I find, incomprehensible,” Rice added.
Update III: Records show that Secretary Rice did take George Tenet’s warnings very seriously:
Mr. McCormack said the records showed that, far from ignoring Mr. Tenet’s warnings, Ms. Rice acted on the intelligence and requested that Mr. Tenet make the same presentation to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Atttorney General John Ashcroft.
Of course, the NY Times buried this information deep within the article. Again, see Greg Tinti , who has been on top of this story from the beginning, for more information.