Thursday, February 02, 2006


Were all the lies worth it?

From Murray Waas, special to National Journal, Iraq, Niger, And The CIA:
Vice President Cheney and his then-Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were personally informed in June 2003 that the CIA no longer considered credible the allegations that Saddam Hussein had attempted to procure uranium from the African nation of Niger...The new CIA assessment came just as Libby and other senior administration officials were embarking on an effort to discredit [Joseph Wilson] critic who had also been saying that the allegations were untrue.
In a memo from CIA analysts to Tenet titled "In Response to Your Questions for Our Current Assessment and Additional Details on Iraq's Alleged Pursuits of Uranium From Abroad."
"We no longer believe there is sufficient" credible information to "conclude that Iraq pursued uranium from abroad."

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