by Jim Lobe, April 02, 2009
"....One of the most highly regarded and experienced diplomats of his generation, Freeman, now 66, was strongly supported not only by Blair, but also by many retired senior intelligence and foreign service officers, including former U.N. Amb. Thomas Pickering and Samuel Lewis, both of whom had themselves served at one time as ambassadors to Israel.
They, along with 15 other top-ranking retired diplomats, praised Freeman as a "man of integrity and high intelligence who would never let his personal views shade or distort intelligence estimates."
In an exclusive interview, which is excerpted below, IPS Washington bureau chief Jim Lobe asked Freeman about his ambitions as chairman of the NIC......"