Sorry, False Alarm: ‘Curveball’ Confesses He Lied About Iraq WMD

45 minutes from attack!

From The Guardian (why don’t we see these stories in the U.S. media?)

The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons program has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed “Curveball” by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

Eight years ago, then Secretary of State Colin Powell relied heavily on “Curveball’s” lies in a high-stakes presentation to the United Nations. He should have been more skeptical of a guy named “Curveball,” don’t you think? U.S. intelligence had far better sources, including none other than Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid, the top official who had been in charge of all of Iraq’s weapons programs until they were dismantled. “All weapons—biological, chemical, missile, nuclear—were destroyed,” Kamel told the CIA.

“Curveball’s” bioweapons allegations were subsequently proven to be false by the Iraq Survey Group’s final report published in 2004.

UPDATE: From FDL: Truth finally puts on its dockers, few notice.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on February 15, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    2004?

    Old news Richard. :)

    Congressman solicits sex on craigslist!

    That is what Americans want to know about. We just love subliminal messages.

  2. #2 by cav on February 16, 2011 - 8:47 am

    His lies were, if not completely transparent, at least only a part of the intel cherry-picked by the Cheney 1%ers whose investments were bound to multiply.

    Meanwhile, over 100,000 marchers stormed DC to protest THE IRAQ WAR – and millions elsewhere around the world.

    The Chimp had Curveball, and it seems nothing more was needed. That was the direction they were leaning ever since some Iraqi supposedly took a potshot at Poppy for springing GulfWar 1which was based on the hard evidence of trashed incubator babies.

    GRRR!.

  3. #3 by David from Sandy UT on February 16, 2011 - 11:33 am

    Why am I not surprised by this?

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