After announcing that he would not continue the process to be selected as chairman of the United States National Intelligence Council, former ambassador Chas Freeman attacked the “Israel lobby,” which he accused of deliberately slandering him. Freeman claimed that several quotes of him that had raised concern among pro-Israel Americans had been taken out of context.
"The libels on me... show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East,” Freeman said. “The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth.”
Freeman made the claims in an angry letter sent to U.S. foreign policy officials.