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Perle Suing Over New Yorker Article
NY Sun ^ | Mar 13 03 | ADAM DAIFALLAH

Posted on 03/13/2003 4:46:37 AM PST by veronica

Richard Perle, the influential foreign policy hawk, is suing journalist Seymour Hersh over an article he wrote implying that Mr. Perle is using his position as a Pentagon adviser to benefit financially from a war to liberate Iraq.

"I intend to launch legal action in the United Kingdom. I’m talking to Queen’s Counsel right now," Mr. Perle, who chairs the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, a non-paying position, told The New York Sun last night.

He said he is suing in Britain because it is easier to win such cases there, where the burden on plaintiffs is much less.

Mr. Hersh’s article, which appears in the March 17 issue of the The New Yorker magazine, said Mr. Perle met for lunch with two Saudi businessman in France in January in an attempt to

seek Saudi investment for a company Mr. Perle is associated with, Trireme Partners L.P.

Trireme was created to "invest in companies dealing in technology, goods, and services that are of value to homeland security and defense," according to Mr. Hersh’s article.

Mr. Hersh writes that Mr. Perle said that the meeting was convened only to talk about a diplomatic alternative to war in Iraq. One of the meeting’s participants, Harb Saleh Al-Suhair, a Saudi born in Iraq, wanted to discuss averting war with Mr. Perle. But according to the article, both Saudi businessmen — Mr. Al-Suhair and Adnan Kashoggi — thought the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Iraq as well as Saudi investment in Trireme.

But the article quotes all three participants saying that Saudi investment in Trireme was not discussed at the lunch, because, as Mr. Al-Zuhair says, Mr. Perle said "he was above the money"and that he "stuck to his idea that ‘we have to get rid of Saddam.’" And to this day, according to the article, no Saudi money has been invested in Trireme.

When asked what part of the article is incorrect, Mr. Perle told the Sun: "It’s all lies, from beginning to end."

The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, is sticking by Mr. Hersh’s piece.

"It went through serious reporting, with four members of the board talking to Sy [Hersh], and rigorous factchecking, legal-checking and all the rest," Mr. Remnick told the Sun.

He said he took issue with Mr. Perle’s description of Mr. Hersh on CNN Sunday as "the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist."

"I would have thought after all this many years, Mr. Perle would be a bit more refined than that," Mr. Remnick said.

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to America, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is quoted in the article accusing Mr. Perle of "blackmail."

A former deputy undersecretary of defense who worked with Mr. Perle, Stephen Bryen, defended Mr. Perle as well.

"It’s pretty outrageous for a leftwing columnist to make accusations like this with no factual basis. Most of the many hours he works each day are pro bono to help the administration with its policy on Iraq. He should get is a medal of honor," Mr. Bryen said.

A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was the architect of a briefing to Mr. Perle’s Defense Policy Board on Saudi Arabia last summer, Laurent Murawiec, said Mr. Hersh’s piece is "pure bull."

"It sounds like the kind of thing that’s done for the sole purpose and intent to blacken someone. Richard has been in public life for over 30 years and his ethics have never been challenged by anybody. I found the piece blindingly transparent as an ad hominem hack job. It’s thoroughly disgusting," Mr. Murawiec said.

Mr. Perle is a director of Hollinger International Inc., which is an investor in the Sun.

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events

1 posted on 03/13/2003 4:46:37 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica
I hope Richard Perle rips the putz Seymour Hersh a wide clymer.
2 posted on 03/13/2003 4:48:27 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: veronica
Adnan Kashoggi? Talk about a blast from the past!
3 posted on 03/13/2003 4:52:21 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: metesky
LOL...same thought!

Arms dealer, right?

4 posted on 03/13/2003 4:54:06 AM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you? - Details at
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To: Seeking the truth
Bigtime arms dealer, billionaire, friend of shady characters. Mentioned often in Iran-Contra, IIRC.

Google Search: Adnan Khashoggi

Lots of good conspiracy stuff; Bush Family, Danny Cosalaro, etc. Bring tinfoil...

5 posted on 03/13/2003 5:02:13 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: goldstategop
Hersh has history of mendacity in his reporting --

Sly Sy, Part 2

"When I asked Hersh about this apparent discrepancy, he was dismissive. 'I wasn't there. Somebody could have misspoke. I could have misheard. It's possible there weren't 16,' he said. 'If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.' He did admit that he had made an error during his November 5 interview on CNN, when he said the mission involved 'sixteen helicopter gunships' rather than 16 AC-130s. 'That time I did misspeak,' he said.

"Although The New Yorker says it assigned several fact-checkers to Hersh's article, it would seem that Hersh is once again playing fast and loose with the facts. And what does that say about his central claim of twelve men wounded, three of them seriously? 'That's what my source told me,' he says."

6 posted on 03/13/2003 5:04:43 AM PST by veronica
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To: TonyRo76
I only read it for the cartoons.
9 posted on 03/13/2003 6:07:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: veronica
Hersh flat-out lies, in almost every thing he writes.

His Afghan reporting, as you point out, should have discredited him forever.

But, like a termite, he's hard to get rid of.

10 posted on 03/13/2003 6:19:42 AM PST by sinkspur
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To: veronica
Suing in Great Britain in order to evade the First Amendment rights of a fellow US citizen is gutless, in my opinion.

Under the rule of law established by the US Supreme Court in the case of New York Times vs. Sullivan, Perle, a public figure, can't sue for libel unless he can prove that Hersch published libelous material with knowledge or reckless indifference to the truth.

Both Perle and Hersch are US citizens, and the New Yorker is a US publication.

I hope the British courts boot this case.

11 posted on 03/13/2003 7:20:58 AM PST by CobaltBlue
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To: CobaltBlue
What could they(English Courts) do anyway? If they take the case, the New Yorker can just repeat the remark England's paper(can't remember which one) made when a German court told them they had to stop printing stuff about the German Chancellor's marital problems--YOU DON"T RULE US YET.

"Why not go to war just for oil? We need oil. What do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to them?"
12 posted on 03/13/2003 7:49:31 AM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: SendShaqtoIraq
Perle is going after money damages, I assume, not an injunction.
13 posted on 03/13/2003 8:06:05 AM PST by CobaltBlue
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To: metesky
Tinfoil might of worked years ago, but with the more specialized rays being used, I use gold foil. It is expensive, but worth it. I hardly hear any of the transmissions anymore...
14 posted on 03/13/2003 9:56:52 AM PST by Leisler
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To: Radicalgranny
Isn't it just like an anti-semite to hysterically hurl slurs, slurs, slurs...
16 posted on 03/13/2003 10:57:24 AM PST by veronica
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To: Radicalgranny
Or should I say just like a "libertarian".... *chortle*
17 posted on 03/13/2003 11:10:48 AM PST by veronica
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To: metesky
Back in '87, I received and saved a Telex(remember those?) advising the world that Khashoggi's VSE shell company had discovered King Solomon's lost mines, in Mali. Seriously.

It was a big laugh for some of us brokers, at least. ;^)

18 posted on 03/13/2003 11:12:20 AM PST by headsonpikes
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