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U.S. Intelligence Confirms: Russia Bombed U.S. Embassy, cont.

11:57 AM, Jul 28, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Following this write up, Joshua Foust seems to have regained an interest in the reports that Russia is responsible for bombing the American embassy in Georgia. You can read it here, but the long and the short of it: Foust remains skeptical of Georgian claims, he remains skeptical of Eli Lake's reporting, and he is now also skeptical of the CIA's own assessment of Russian culpability for the blast because the CIA isn't "infallible."

Lake's report finds:

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September.

The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to The Washington Times by two U.S. officials who have read it. They said the report supports the findings of the Georgian Interior Ministry, which traced the bombing to a Russian military intelligence officer.

The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.

Indeed it is possible there is a conspiracy afoot to make Foust look like a useful idiot, but he does allow that if somehow he turns out to be wrong and the Russians really did set a bomb off at the U.S. embassy, as all the evidence and analysis in the public domain suggests, that would be "pretty damned stupid of them"—though it would still be "silly" to expect the administration to respond to this kind of attack, or to allow it to undermine the great progress of the 'reset.'

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