Nominee Crashes Into Language Barrier
Borger: "I think that is . . . "
Cheney: "Absolutely not. What I said was the Czech intelligence service reported after 9/11 that Atta had been in Prague on April 9th of 2001, where he allegedly met with an Iraqi intelligence official. We have never been able to confirm that nor have we been able to knock it down."
On Dec. 9, 2001. Cheney talking to NBC's Tim Russert.
Cheney: "Well, what we now have that's developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that -- it's been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack. Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don't know at this point, but that's clearly an avenue that we want to pursue."
Sloganeering Deadline Wednesday
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Bowing Out in London?
Moving on . . . The British media are reporting that William Farish, Texas oilman, former chairman of Churchill Downs and now ambassador to the Court of Saint James, is calling it quits for personal reasons.
Hottie Line at the NSC
Heads were shaking and jaws were dropping from the Hill to Foggy Bottom, from K Street to the Pentagon, over the news last week that National Security Council spokesman Jim Wilkinson, 33, is in this week's People magazine as one of its "50 Hottest" bachelors. (Also on the list is actor Orlando Bloom of "Lord of the Rings.")
Wilkinson is quoted wondering why he's unable to get a date and says, "I'm a great catch. Think of all the background checks I've been through." He's "got a screenplay cooking," he told People, a satire about dating in Washington called "So Who Do You Work For?"
"The guy is a PR genius. The fact that he could convince anyone that he is remotely hot is an impressive achievement," said one Bush adviser.
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National Security Council's Jim Wilkinson is on hot bachelors list.
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