In February the Prowler reported on Capitol Hill preparations for a multiple-committee investigation and the anger of senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee upon learning that CIA director George Tenet hadn’t ordered a full review of his own.
Another source of contention was the hiring of Snider, a retired CIA inspector general, to oversee the joint committee’s examination of the roles of the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the FBI. “But everyone knows the hearings would definitely have put a spotlight on the CIA. That was the big target,” says a House intelligence committee staffer.
For that reason alone, Shelby objected to the hiring of Snider, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer and aide to then-staff director Tenet. He also served as a special counsel to Tenet at the CIA and eventually became the agency’s inspector general before retiring last year.
But Shelby lost out to Democratic Intelligence chairman Bob Graham and Republican House Intelligence chairman Porter Goss, and ranking Democrat Nancy Pelosi, all of whom wanted Snider. Shelby’s main concern was the close relationship between Snider and Tenet, who despite being a Clinton appointee has remained director of the CIA under Bush. “He [Shelby] had his doubts about Snider, and he monitored Snider’s activities pretty closely once he came on board,” says a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer.
Last week, Snider resigned over his failure to disclose to the joint committee a possible security leak by one of the staff he hired. No one would comment on or off the record on the events leading up to Snider’s leaving, but the Senate staffer did say that Snider’s exit was acrimonious. Shelby’s staff, apparently, came up with some of the information that led to the showdown with Snider, leaving Goss and Graham in the awkward position of having to admit that Shelby may have been right all along.
“We’ll never know if Snider was the right man for the job or not,” says the Senate staffer. “And we don’t know if he would have given the CIA a free pass on its screwups prior to 9/11. But Snider seemed to be watching his step, knowing that Shelby was looking for a slip-up.”
The committee is determined to hire a new staff director as quickly as possible, and now Shelby has the upper hand. “His misgivings about the cronyism weren’t necessarily confirmed,” says the House staffer. “But Graham and Goss will have to listen to him now that their boy is off the board.
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