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Ex CIA Official reveals Putin informed Bush about 9/11 attacks


WASHINGTON: A former CIA Analyst has revealed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin had called his US counterpart George W. Bush two days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, warning about an imminent terrorist plot coming from Afghanistan.

George Beebe, a senior Bush era CIA Analyst mentions the warning from Putin in his book ‘The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe,’ released earlier this week.

The text reads, “Putin had telephoned President Bush two days before the attacks to warn that Russian intelligence has detected signs of an incipient terrorist campaign, ‘something long in preparation,’ coming out of Afghanistan.”

This revelation appears to be yet another proof that Washington had been repeatedly warned about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

While the existence of a warning from Moscow has been public knowledge for years, many senior Russian intelligence officials spoke about them shortly after the attacks. The US had also been reportedly British spies, and the danger of impending attacks had been repeatedly highlighted by both the CIA and the FBI. Whether the White House actually heeded those warnings and did everything it could to protect its citizens still remains a mystery.

A general understanding of the White House officials is mentioned in the memoirs scripted by the then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, who said that she dismissed the warnings from Putin and “chalked it up to Russian bitterness toward the Afghan Mujahideen” during the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan.