Fired for reporting the numbers — Beth Osborne Interviewed

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Beth Osborne Daponte talks about how her estimates of Iraq’s Gulf War dead got her in deep trouble with the White House

Beth Osborne Daponte was a 29-year-old Commerce Dept. demographer in 1992, when she publicly contradicted then-Defense Secretary Richard Cheney on the highly sensitive issue of Iraqi civilian casualties during the Gulf War. In short order, Daponte was told she was losing her job. She says her official report disappeared from her desk, and a new estimate, prepared by supervisors, greatly reduced the number of estimated civilian casualties.

Full interview is here.