During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq administistration officals such as George Tenet and Donald Rumsfeld touted a source inside Saddam
Hussien's inner circle. It has turned out to be Naji Sabri, Iraq's foreign minister, who is now teaching somewhere safe. Turns out that his
information turned out to be more accurate than the CIA's own assessment.
y Aram Roston, Lisa Myers
& the NBC Investigative Unit
Updated: 7:36 p.m. ET March 20, 2006
In the period before the Iraq war, the CIA and the Bush administration erroneously believed that Saddam Hussein was hiding major programs for weapons
of mass destruction. Now NBC News has learned that for a short time the CIA had contact with a secret source at the highest levels within Saddam
Hussein’s government, who gave them information far more accurate than what they believed. It is a spy story that has never been told before, and
raises new questions about prewar intelligence.
The sources say Sabri’s answers were much more accurate than his proclamations to the United Nations, where he demonized the U.S. and defended
Saddam. At the same time, they also were closer to reality than the CIA's estimates, as spelled out in its October 2002 intelligence estimate.
For example, consider biological weapons, a key concern before the war. The CIA said Saddam had an "active" program for "R&D, production and
weaponization" for biological agents such as anthrax. Intelligence sources say Sabri indicated Saddam had no significant, active biological weapons
program. Sabri was right. After the war, it became clear that there was no program. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
What fasinates me about all this is how, at least according to this article, the CIA and the administration was touting this informant, and at the
same time wasn't listening to him at all. They apparently had all the selling points that they wanted and didn't want any contridictions. At the
same time they weren't adverse to claiming the informant, they weren't bothering to listen to, as the source of their information.
I have tried to find other links online to this but it is quite new so all I could find was what was posted on msnbc. I am sure more will surface with
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