The New York Times. SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2005
John Bolton's effort in 2002 to oust a top Central Intelligence Agency analyst from his post in a dispute over Cuba represented an extraordinary breach of the line between policy makers and intelligence, the agency's former deputy director has told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to a transcript of the exchange. The comments by the former official, John McLaughlin, in an interview with the committee's staff, go beyond previous criticisms by senior intelligence officials about Bolton's conduct in the episode. The analyst, Fulton Armstrong, was the national intelligence officer for Latin America and had clashed with Bolton's office about a speech that Armstrong thought overstated the Cuban threat.