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Much Iraqi defector information unusable-NY Times
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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N29180753.htm

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A Defense Intelligence Agency internal review determined that much of the information Iraqi defectors gave to U.S. officials could not be substantiated or was otherwise unusable, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing federal sources.

Also, some defectors from Iraq that the Iraqi National Congress had introduced to U.S. intelligence officials gave false information about their credentials and misled interviewers about how much they knew about the Iraqi government's weapons program, said the paper.

Other Defense Department officials, who defended the arrangement between the exile group and defense intelligence agents to the Times, said U.S. officials had already met the information with skepticism but it still helped improve awareness and helped confirm what agents already knew. snip

The arrangement between the United States and the exile group, which was funded by taxpayers, may have wasted more than $1 million, officials informed the Times, adding that they and others now question the credibility of the group's leader, Ahmad Chalabi, as well as doubt the Iraqi National Congress.

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