10/21/2005

New York Daily News: Prez Iraq team fought to squelch war critics

Isn't that illegal ? -- law

WHIG ..was doing more than just public relations, said a ..former intel officer. "They were funneling information to [New York Times reporter] Judy Miller. Judy was a charter member," the source said.


DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - It was called the White House Iraq Group and its job was to make the case that Saddam Hussein had nuclear and biochemical weapons.

So determined was the ring of top officials to win its argument that it morphed into a virtual hit squad that took aim at critics who questioned its claims, sources told the Daily News.

One of those critics was ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who debunked a key claim in a speech by President Bush that Iraq sought nuclear materials in Africa. His punishment was the media outing of his wife, CIA spy Valerie Plame, an affair that became a "side show" for the White House Iraq Group, the sources said.


New York Daily News - World & National Report - Prez Iraq team fought to squelch war critics

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