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CIA Director Says No Coverup About Gulf War

Posted November 1, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— The Central Intelligence Agency's executive director says his agency is not covering up information about the Gulf War. That announcement comes on day after a form CIA analyst published hundreds of government files about the war on the Internet.

The files were first placed on the Pentagon's Gulf-Link Internet site, but the CIA requested that the files be removed. Now, they're back on the 'Net, and the man who put them there claims the government isn't telling all they know about what could be making Gulf War veterans sick.

Patricia Harris spent eight months in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. She says she first felt sick while she was still in the Mid-east.

Harris says she felt even worse when she returned home. Eventually, headaches, rashes and muscle tremors put and end to her 15-year Army career.

Thousands of Gulf War veterans are still wondering just what they were exposed to during the war and if whatever it was is what's making them sick.

While the new information on the Internet does not prove U.S. troops were exposed to chemical or biological agents, it does show the threat was real.

Harris is convinced she and other military personnel were exposed to harmful chemicals, and that the government knows more than it's revealing.

The CIA announced Friday at a news conference that it has found no evidence Iraq used chemical weapons against U.S. troops during the Gulf War, but it did say some troops may have been exposed to nerve gas during the destruction of an Iraqi ammunition dump in 1991.

The same publisher who put the information on the Internet plans to put out a book by a former CIA analyst who claims the agency has hidden evidence of American troops exposure to chemical weapons.