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article imagePowell's WMD source admits 'evidence' was lies

By Joseph E Lovell     Feb 17, 2011 in World
According to The Guardian, the source of some of the most damning allegations used to justify the war in Iraq has admitted his claims were fabricated.
The evidence, relating to mobile biological weapons trucks and secret factories, featured prominently in Colin Powell's landmark speech before the United Nations in February 2003 was central to the US- and UK-led invasion of Iraq.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known as 'Curveball' to the intelligence community, now admits making false claims in meetings with German officials in April 2000, despite previous denials. He says he was assured the information provided would not be shared with other nations, and expressed his shock at seeing Powell presenting diagrams to the UN that clearly originated from his German interviewers.
He says his lies were motivated by a desire to have Saddam Hussein removed from power. Speaking to The Guardian, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi said:
“The old regime was a dictatorship and that caused a lot of problems for our country. For example, starting wars with our neighbours. Saddam did not allow freedom in our land. There were no other political parties. You had to believe what Saddam said, do what Saddam wanted. And I didn't accept that. So I had to do something for my country.”
The Guardian's revelations should not come as surprise. Janabi believed he had been discredited as early as late 2000 when German officials travelled to Dubai to question his former boss, Dr Basil Latif, who rebuked the accusations.
And in June 2006 The Washington Post reported that CIA agent Tyler Drumheller, knowing the source to be dubious, removed claims linked to Janabi from Powell's UN speech, only for them to be reinstated. They also note the CIA had concluded in 2004 that Janabi was “a con artist who drove a taxi in Iraq.”
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