Greg Thielmann served as a top intelligence official at the U.S. State Department until resigning shortly before the war with Iraq and charging the Bush administration with cooking its intelligence.
A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Thielmann worked for U.S. Congressman John Culver before entering the United States Foreign Service where he served for more than 25 years, working in arms control and security issues. He was acting director of the Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs Office in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department at the time of his retirement.
At the State Department, Thielmann was assigned the task of giving John R. Bolton his daily intelligence briefing. Thielmann has since accused Bolton of cooking the intelligence and refusing to hear intelligence that contradicted his pre-established opinions.
- Former Director, 20/20 Vision
- "Questions Swirl Around WMD Charges," CBS News, June 7, 2003.
- Tim Dickinson, "West Wing Pipe Dream," Mother Jones, July 28, 2003.
- Interview with Thielmann from "Truth, War and Consequences," Frontline, Public Broadcasting Service, October 9, 2003.
- "The Man Who Knew; Former Powell Chief of Intelligence and Others Disagree with Evidence Presented to UN for War in Iraq," CBS 60 Minutes II, October 15, 2003. Some of Thielmann's comments from the 60 Minutes interview appear on the CBS website.