I know it’s not possible to say that a single document means the difference between war and peace, but the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)on Iraq of October 2002 is about as close to it as you can get. Produced by the CIA at the request of the senate, it summarized the intelligence community’s knowledge and opinions of Iraq’s WMD programs.
At the very minimum, it was an ectremely selective and entirely self-serving declassification. Statements of of doubt, qualification and dissent were simply omitted.
And here is one example of a mysterious addition to the original document.
To the statement:
was added the phrase:
No one so far is willing to own up to being responsible for the public version. According to the Times story, the second document was also a CIA paper, being prepared as a “white paper” for public releaase at the request of the National Security Council.