"The SISMI report, however, was unpersuasive. Inside the American intelligence community, it was dismissed as amateurish and unsubstantiated. One former senior C.I.A. official told me that the initial report from Italy contained no documents but only a written summary of allegations. “I can fully believe that sismi would put out a piece of intelligence like that,� a C.I.A. consultant told me, “but why anybody would put credibility in it is beyond me.� No credible documents have emerged since to corroborate it."