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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Bush admin officials knew they were lying

E&P writes about a story in tomorrow's NYTimes. Carl Levin has disclosed a newly declassified memo which purportedly shows that the Bush admin was citing a source for pre war WMD scare that they knew to be a "fabricator."

It shows that an al-Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained al-Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to this Defense Intelligence Agency document from February 2002.

It declared that it was probable that the prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, "was intentionally misleading the debriefers" in making claims about Iraqi support for al-Qaeda's work with illicit weapons, Jehl reports.

The NYTimes put the story up a little earlier than normal. Guess they didn't like getting scooped on their own story.


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