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WP: Bolton Often Blocked Information, Officials Say
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Bolton Often Blocked Information, Officials Say
Iran, IAEA Matters Were Allegedly Kept From Rice, Powell

By Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 18, 2005; Page A04

John R. Bolton -- who is seeking confirmation as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- often blocked then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and, on one occasion, his successor, Condoleezza Rice, from receiving information vital to U.S. strategies on Iran, according to current and former officials who have worked with Bolton.

In some cases, career officials found back channels to Powell or his deputy, Richard L. Armitage, who encouraged assistant secretaries to bring information directly to him. In other cases, the information was delayed for weeks or simply did not get through. The officials, who would discuss the incidents only on the condition of anonymity because some continue to deal with Bolton on other issues, cited a dozen examples of memos or information that Bolton refused to forward during his four years as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

Two officials described a memo that had been prepared for Powell at the end of October 2003, ahead of a critical international meeting on Iran, informing him that the United States was losing support for efforts to have the U.N. Security Council investigate Iran's nuclear program. Bolton allegedly argued that it would be premature to throw in the towel. "When Armitage's staff asked for information about what other countries were thinking, Bolton said that information couldn't be collected," according to one official with firsthand knowledge of the exchange.

Intra-agency tensions are common in Washington, and as the undersecretary of state in charge of nuclear issues, Bolton had a lot of latitude to decide what needed to go to the secretary. But career officials said they often felt that his decisions, and policy views, left the department's top diplomat uninformed and fed the long-running struggles inside the agency.
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  -WP: Bolton Often Blocked Information, Officials Say Pirate Smile  Apr-17-05 09:36 PM   #0 
  - Senate vote  journalist3072   Apr-17-05 09:40 PM   #1 
  - Exactly...  ltfranklin   Apr-17-05 09:43 PM   #3 
     - You're absolutely right  journalist3072   Apr-17-05 09:50 PM   #6 
  - tick tick tick  AZDemDist6   Apr-17-05 09:41 PM   #2 
  - FYI - On CNN's Late Edition today, former NSA Zbigniew Brzezinski was  Pirate Smile   Apr-17-05 10:26 PM   #11 
     - Interesting take  Cheney Killed Bambi   Apr-17-05 10:55 PM   #14 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-17-05 09:45 PM   #4 
  - You hit the nail on the head  journalist3072   Apr-17-05 09:48 PM   #5 
  - Why can one Senator block some nominees and not others?  Rose Siding   Apr-17-05 09:55 PM   #7 
  - So Bolton gave Condi and Colin the "mushroom treatment?"*  johnfunk   Apr-17-05 09:58 PM   #8 
  - Bolton is Unconfirmable!  Cheney Killed Bambi   Apr-17-05 10:14 PM   #9 
  - Why would our president choose such a person?  young_at_heart   Apr-17-05 10:25 PM   #10 
  - Because of his utter arrogance and contempt for the rest of the world  johnfunk   Apr-17-05 10:27 PM   #12 
  - Sideshow.....  pfitz59   Apr-17-05 10:34 PM   #13 
  - Condoleeza Rice did not want him  jmatthan   Apr-17-05 11:28 PM   #15 
  - Bush's pick  manly   Apr-18-05 01:23 PM   #32 
  - Hagel: I'll vote for him now, but if I hear one more bad thing about him  Rebel_with_a_cause   Apr-17-05 11:40 PM   #16 
  - man, this is getting kinda creepy. people standing up to bushco? cracks  truthisfreedom   Apr-17-05 11:56 PM   #17 
  - very useful public display of bushevik managment style  kodi   Apr-18-05 12:01 AM   #18 
  - Kick because slimy bastard Bolton is a waste of space.  oasis   Apr-18-05 02:01 AM   #19 
  - WashPost: Bolton Often Blocked Information, Officials Say  autorank   Apr-18-05 05:54 AM   #20 
  - drip drip drip  Sannum   Apr-18-05 05:54 AM   #21 
  - Really. From nominee to "fall guy" in a few weeks.  autorank   Apr-18-05 05:54 AM   #22 
  - this is double speak  still_one   Apr-18-05 05:54 AM   #23 
  - It's the ole Washington CYA in action.  autorank   Apr-18-05 05:54 AM   #24 
     - one deserves the other-Condi and Bolton are two of a kind--  rodeodance   Apr-18-05 06:33 AM   #25 
        - Nice information. Wow, I feel great knowing they're all working together.  autorank   Apr-18-05 11:25 AM   #30 
  - I think you are dead on about the Powell leak....n/t  pacoyogi   Apr-18-05 10:15 AM   #27 
  - Kick for the folks just waking up  swag   Apr-18-05 09:46 AM   #26 
  - More info and analysis - via a "well-informed source" to L. Rozen  swag   Apr-18-05 10:46 AM   #28 
  - kick  goodhue   Apr-18-05 11:25 AM   #29 
  - I'll kick it one more time. It's about as "Greatest-" worthy  swag   Apr-18-05 01:13 PM   #31 
  - Powell should testify  mainer   Apr-18-05 02:15 PM   #33 
  - "Lugar, Hagel and Chafee need to hear from you. Be polite."  swag   Apr-18-05 03:00 PM   #34 
  - My e-mail to my Senators  TexasLawyer   Apr-18-05 03:24 PM   #35 
  - Also e-mail Senators Lugar, Hagel and Chafee  TexasLawyer   Apr-18-05 03:49 PM   #36 
  - Why are they still even considering this Jerk  Up2Late   Apr-19-05 01:24 AM   #37 

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