THE ECONTRARIAN

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Monday, November 21, 2005

SHAME

BELOW IS THE LA TIMES' CONDENSED VERSION OF A DETAILED INVESTIGATION REPORTED IN TODAY'S (SUNDAY) PAPER. THE SAME EDITION ALSO CONTAINED THE OBITUARIES OF 29 MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY THAT WERE KILLED IN IRAQ OVER THE PAST SEVEN DAYS, NOT INCLUDING THE EIGHT THAT WERE KILLED THIS WEEKEND.................


BERLIN, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- German intelligence officials say the Bush administration ignored warnings about the intelligence given by the Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed five senior German officials with the Federal Intelligence Service, who described Curveball's information as vague and the defector as unbalanced. The officials say the Bush administration and the CIA were warned about his unreliability and exaggerated his claims.

"This was not substantial evidence," one official said. "We made clear we could not verify the things he said."

President George W. Bush used Curveball's intelligence to say that Saddam Hussein had seven mobile poison gas factories. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the United Nations in February 2003 also depended heavily on Curveball.

One of the officials described Curveball as "not a stable, psychologically stable guy."

Copyright 2005 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.


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