"Germans Say U.S. Used Bad Data to Justify Iraq Invasion
"The German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush Administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims during the run-up to the Iraq war.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES is planning to front the allegation in Sunday editions, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Five senior officials from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, said in interviews with the LOS ANGELES TIMES that they warned U.S. intelligence authorities that the source, an Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball, never claimed to produce germ weapons and never saw anyone else do so.
According to the Germans, President Bush mischaracterized Curveball's information when he warned before the war that Iraq had at least seven mobile factories brewing biological poisons. Then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell also misstated Curveball's claims in his pre-war presentation to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, the Germans said.
Curveball's German handlers for the last six years said his information was often vague, mostly second-hand and impossible to confirm.
``This was not substantial evidence,'' said a senior German intelligence official. ``We made clear we could not verify the things he said.''
The German authorities, speaking about the case for the first time, also said that their informant suffered from emotional and mental problems. ``He is not a stable, psychologically stable guy,'' said a BND official who supervised the case. ``He is not a completely normal person,'' agreed a BND analyst."
Note to the LA Times....this isn't news, see this report last year here.
Fact is that Everybody got taken in by "Curveball", and early concerns about his credibility caused a lot of disruption within the IC community here and abroad. This was especially true inside the CIA, as this (guess what?) LA Times story tells us here in April of this year. My, my, what a surprise!
Again, Curveball is no news. You can read the full story in the Rob/Silberman Report here.
So the new LA Times bombshell is, well.... a dud. The real question is why is the LA Times rehashing old news - particulary now? Must be that old MSM bias hit machine with another designed salvo to go on top of the Iraq war vote last night - who knows? It's the LA Times after all.
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