US National drug policy director Barry McCaffrey, a retired Army general, has been accused of committing war crimes during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
In April, McCaffrey tried to stop investigative journalist Seymour Hersh from publishing a story in The New Yorker. McCaffrey sent threatening letters on White House stationary to various news organizations, denouncing Hersh and complaining that there were “false allegations” and “personal malice” in his story.
The article, still unpublished as of May, apparently asserts that troops led by McCaffrey murdered Iraqi prisoners of war and committed other crimes covered up by the Army; and that McCaffrey committed several unspecified felonies in the Vietnam War.
Hersh won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for exposing the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.