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  •  The investigation could be breaking new ground (4.00)
    concerning This:

    FBI probing forged papers on Niger uranium
    The FBI is investigating the origin of forged documents indicating that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger, and one candidate for the forgeries is an Iraqi opposition group, U.S. officials said.
        The documents, obtained first by Italy's intelligence service, ended up fooling the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies into believing Baghdad was trying to buy uranium ore from the African nation, U.S. officials say.
    One official said that the documents were provided first to the Italians and then to journalists before they ended up in the hands of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which dismissed them as fakes.
     President Bush chastised senior advisers, including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and outgoing press spokesman Ari Fleischer, about the uranium intelligence flap and the White House's handling of it several times during the recent trip to Africa.
        Spokesmen at the time initially said the White House was provided with bad intelligence from the CIA, only to reverse course a day later and claim the intelligence may still be valid although it should not have been included in a presidential speech.
        "The president wanted the matter settled," one official said of Mr. Bush's harsh words for his advisers.
        Although it received intelligence from the documents earlier, the CIA did not obtain copies of the forged documents until February 2003 -- months after the Italians first obtained them and after the president's State of the Union address.
        A U.S. official said the Italians initially only described the documents to the CIA. Then the State Department obtained a set from a journalist and that led to an investigative trip to Niger by former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
    Besides Iraqi opposition, investigators also say the documents could have been produced by criminals, con men, or a foreign intelligence service.
        The six main anti-Saddam groups before the war were the Iraqi National Congress, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Iraqi National Accord and the Constitutional Monarchy Movement.
    U.S. intelligence officials suspect the bogus documents were created to exaggerate Iraq's nuclear-arms program as part of an effort to garner international opposition to Baghdad.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the origin of the forged documents were connected to the White House.

    •  I was always sold (none)
      on the idea that the CIA created this obvious forgery to discredit the DID and OSP, whose agenda of finding intel that backed the invasion at any cost would make them completely gullible. Then the scheme backfired when the WH went ahead with the invasion anyway w/o showing the forgeries to anyone.

      The road to hell is paved with Republicans!

      by vinluvr on Sun Jul 10, 2005 at 04:29:56 PM PDT

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