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Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball's WMD lies
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Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence

Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability.

Responding to the Guardian's revelation that the source, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi or "Curveball" as his US and German handlers called him, admitted fabricating evidence of Iraq's secret biological weapons programme, Powell said that questions should be put to the US agencies involved in compiling the case for war. In particular he singled out the CIA and the Defence Intelligence Agency the Pentagon's military intelligence arm. Janabi, an Iraqi defector, was used as the primary source by the Bush administration to justify invading Iraq in March 2003. Doubts about his credibility circulated before the war and have been confirmed by his admission this week that he lied.

Powell said that both the CIA and DIA should face questions about why they failed to sound the alarm about Janabi. He demanded to know why it had not been made clear to him that Curveball was totally unreliable before false information was put into the key intelligence assessment, or NIE, put before Congress, into the president's state of the union address two months before the war and into his own speech to the UN.
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  -Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball's WMD lies cal04  Feb-16-11 05:46 PM   #0 
  - Let's see what happens?? Do you think CIA and DIA will have anything to say?..nt  Stuart G   Feb-16-11 05:48 PM   #1 
  - Hey Colin, a little late doncha think?  montanacowboy   Feb-16-11 05:49 PM   #2 
  - Too late, Colin, nobody buys your "I was misinformed" bullshit  arcane1   Feb-16-11 05:49 PM   #3 
  - Oh, but you sat there and read the 'report' word for word.  Sonoman   Feb-16-11 05:50 PM   #4 
  - K&R  patrice   Feb-16-11 05:51 PM   #5 
  - Does He Have Any More Drawings to Scare Us?  Yavin4   Feb-16-11 05:51 PM   #6 
  - Mobile bioweapons production vans  formercia   Feb-16-11 06:00 PM   #15 
  - .  Wilms   Feb-16-11 05:52 PM   #7 
  - LMAO  Solly Mack   Feb-16-11 05:52 PM   #8 
  - Oh damn. I may not stop laughing.  Solly Mack   Feb-16-11 05:56 PM   #10 
  - I wish I could laugh  malaise   Feb-16-11 05:56 PM   #11 
     - My SO is listening to Shaggy too. Making a CD mix for his car.  Solly Mack   Feb-16-11 05:58 PM   #13 
        - LOL  malaise   Feb-16-11 06:17 PM   #22 
  - About 100,000 deaths too late, war criminal.  tabasco   Feb-16-11 05:54 PM   #9 
  - Even back then, everyone in the know said  Cleita   Feb-16-11 05:57 PM   #12 
  - hey colin, call up cheney, he's probably got the answers you need.  spanone   Feb-16-11 05:59 PM   #14 
  - Curveball is not the only one we need answers from Colin, you got a lot of explaining to do yourself  Bjorn Against   Feb-16-11 06:02 PM   #16 
  - dumbasses ought to try reading DU or listening to Democracy Now!  Kali   Feb-16-11 06:05 PM   #17 
  - BS. Even WITH the assumption that curveball was legit, the case to go war  wiggs   Feb-16-11 06:06 PM   #18 
  - "This was a fabrication from the beginning, even before 9/11"  robdogbucky   Feb-16-11 06:37 PM   #30 
  - Damage control!  Vinnie From Indy   Feb-16-11 06:08 PM   #19 
  - Hey Colin, I've got a house for sale in Detroit. Make you a hell of a deal.  iamtechus   Feb-16-11 06:09 PM   #20 
  - Colin, the guy's nickname was Curveball.  rucky   Feb-16-11 06:10 PM   #21 
  - CIA: "Bush didn't give a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up."  KeepItReal   Feb-16-11 06:29 PM   #27 
  - Total BS.  DURHAM D   Feb-16-11 06:21 PM   #23 
  - Golly Colin; if only there was some way you coulda known  gratuitous   Feb-16-11 06:21 PM   #24 
  - Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff has been going on TV  Kolesar   Feb-16-11 06:23 PM   #25 
  - screw you, Powell  ReggieVeggie   Feb-16-11 06:26 PM   #26 
  - Hypocrites & War Criminals, Inc. K&R n/t  Mnemosyne   Feb-16-11 06:30 PM   #28 
  - Why should we believe you Powell? You were involved in the Mai Lai massacre coverup.  LiberalFighter   Feb-16-11 06:31 PM   #29 
  - FUCK YOU COLIN  salinen   Feb-16-11 06:46 PM   # 
  - Don't look back, Colin  BeFree   Feb-16-11 06:46 PM   #31 
  - I'm shocked!  DefenseLawyer   Feb-16-11 06:54 PM   #32 
  - About frigging time nt  kenichol   Feb-16-11 07:09 PM   #33 
  - General "Three-Fifths-Of-A-Man" Powell is shocked, shocked, I tell ya.  DinahMoeHum   Feb-16-11 08:09 PM   #34 
  - Pitiful.  A-Schwarzenegger   Feb-16-11 08:10 PM   #35 
  - Just about 8 years late to that discussion, Colin...  salin   Feb-16-11 08:18 PM   #36 

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