4/09/2006

MTA: On leakers and forgers

This is a rather murkily written story:The Times, U.K.April 09, 2006'Forgers' of key Iraq war contract namedMichael SmithTWO employees of the Niger embassy in Rome were responsible for the forgery of a notorious set of documents used to help justify the Iraq war, an official investigation has allegedly found.According to Nato sources, the investigation has evidence that Niger’s consul and its ambassador’s personal assistant faked a contract to show Saddam Hussein had bought uranium ore from the impoverished west African country.The documents, which emerged in 2002, were used in a US State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons programme to build the case for war. They were denounced as forgeries by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shortly before the 2003 invasion…[If I understand this roundabout article, the contract was forged, but a letter purporting to be from an Iraqi official talking about a visit to Niger to discuss obtaining yellowcake uranium was found to be credible, and it was on the basis of the LETTER that Bush claimed in the 2003 State of the Union address that “the British had ‘learnt that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa’”, as per the story above. This would seem to vindicate Bush somewhat, since Bush didn’t say that Niger had AGREED to sell the uranium. But bear in mind that the Times is a conservative newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch.—Caro]Buck Fush

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