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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:47 PM

52. Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

Man codenamed Curveball 'invented' tales of bioweapons
Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime
Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion


Martin Chulov and Helen Pidd in Karlsruhe
The Guardian, Tuesday 15 February 2011 07.58 EST

The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

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Janabi claimed he was first exposed as a liar as early as mid-2000, when the BND travelled to a Gulf city, believed to be Dubai, to speak with his former boss at the Military Industries Commission in Iraq, Dr Bassil Latif.

The Guardian has learned separately that British intelligence officials were at that meeting, investigating a claim made by Janabi that Latif's son, who was studying in Britain, was procuring weapons for Saddam.

That claim was proven false, and Latif strongly denied Janabi's claim of mobile bioweapons trucks and another allegation that 12 people had died during an accident at a secret bioweapons facility in south-east Baghdad.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/15/defector-admits-wmd-lies-iraq-war

PS: Thank you, raccoon! Weird how little coverage of any kind this issue gets on this side of the Atlantic.

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