Feb 20

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

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. More here.

Interesting exchange between Guardian researchers and readers:

Question from Reader: Having read the book Curveball by Bob Drogin, its quite clear that Curveball’s motivation for lying about WMDs was purely self-interest and had not a thing to do with Saddam Hussein. Curveball simply used the desire for WMD fairy tales to get himself asylum and a better life. Why wasn’t he challenged on his sudden discovery of a higher moral purpose so many years after the event? Its also obvious reading the book that the Bush administration wasn’t too concerned about the validity of his claims, the claims were enough. Again why this nonsense about the US being duped?

Response from Guardian: Firstly, we did challenge Curveball a lot about his justification for lying. We too thought he could well be rewriting his own history to cast himself in a better light. It’s a lot more noble to lie to save one’s country than one’s own ass after all […] Curveball’s story doesn’t quite add up.  He claims he had already been granted asylum in March 2003 by the time he started lying. Yet Drumheller and the RS report say most of his debriefing sessions were before that.

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