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May 23, 2004

Incompetent II

Kevin Drum links to Kautilyan speculating on the source of the forged uranium documents, asking whether Iran might have had something to do with it.  As it happens, I was writing this post on the same question, and will add a couple things.  We were both caused to wonder by this in Knight Ridder (5/22/04):

The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that a U.S.-funded arm of Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress has been used for years by Iranian intelligence to pass disinformation to the United States and to collect highly sensitive American secrets, according to intelligence sources.


“Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the United States through Chalabi by furnishing through his Information Collection Program information to provoke the United States into getting rid of Saddam Hussein,” said an intelligence source Friday who was briefed on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s conclusions, which were based on a review of thousands of internal documents.

Now add this from the Washington Post (3/13/03):


The FBI is looking into the forgery of a key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program, including the possibility that a foreign government is using a deception campaign to foster support for military action against Iraq.

And finally, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist wrote the following over a year ago.  Obviously, there is no reason to consider him a credible source necessarily, but his words might be worth investigating if his claims are corroborated by the IAEA:


Having had responsibility for the issuance and archiving of all scientific reports emanating from the nuclear weapons development programme before the 1991 war (except for the centrifugal enrichment process), it was not difficult for me to discern the intimate knowledge and accuracy of the authors’ competence in preparing that fake report with regards to the intricacies of our own documentation procedures. However, the telltale use of Iranian synonyms for key words employed in that fake report, such as the reference to the two-part core of the atomic bomb as a “dome” in Iranian parlance instead of the “hemisphere” as used by Iraqi scientists, quickly laid to rest the authenticity of that fake report. With the aid of an Iranian-Arabic dictionary that we provided to the UNSCOM inspectors, they left without further ado.

Scratch off the “N,” put in a “Q,” and give it to Chalabi?

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