Thursday, January 19, 2006

More questions about the intelligence that Iraq sought uranium from Niger

Via Raw Story

A controversial neoconservative who occasionally consulted for the Bush Defense Department has confirmed that he was a contributor to the Italian magazine Panorama, whose reporter first came across forged documents which purported that Iraq was seeking to obtain uranium from Niger.

The bogus documents became the basis for the infamous sixteen words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address, in which he detailed his case for war. Their origin has been one of the most persistent mysteries in how American intelligence on Iraq was so wrong.
The figure they refer to is none other than Michael Ledeen, and Raw Story believes there are enough coincedences regarding Ledeen and the appearance of the forged Niger documents (which the IAEA took one look at and knew were fake) to merit further investigation. I concur.


Stephen McArthur said...

For those who want to read more about Ledeen, read Hume's Ghost's earlier entry which he links to here, and to this as well:

Ledeen will fight every enemy, everywhere, to the last American soldier if he has his way.

Hume's Ghost said...

Thanks for the link. One thing I could have done, but didn't was draw attention to the fact that Ledeen works at AEI, an organization that George Packer revealed as having been driving the Bush administration's planning for Iraq.