Originally Posted by patteeu
This is ridiculous. Read the Senate report on pre-war intelligence or the Butler Report from Great Britain and it will be clear that that's not the case. There were internal disputes about certain specific points of intelligence, but it's simply not true that our intelligence services knew there were no WMD.
Watch the show I posted about. Also.. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21786506
. This is the news piece that the show is based on. I can't post a link yet so that's the best I can do. Sorry. Here is part of it -
But not all the intelligence was wrong. Information from two highly-placed sources close to Saddam Hussein was correct.
Both said Iraq did not have any active WMD.
The CIA's source was Iraq's foreign minister, Naji Sabri.
Former CIA man Bill Murray - then head of the agency's station in Paris - dealt with him via an intermediary, an Arab journalist, to whom he gave $200,000 (£132,000) in cash as a down payment.
He said Naji Sabri "looked like a person of real interest - someone who we really should be talking to".
Murray put together a list of questions to put to the minister, with WMD at the top.
The intermediary met Naji Sabri in New York in September 2002 when he was about to address the UN - six months before the start of the war and just a week before the British dossier was published.
The intermediary bought the minister a handmade suit which the minister wore at the UN, a sign Mr Murray took to mean that Naji Sabri was on board.
Mr Murray says the upshot was intelligence that Saddam Hussein "had some chemical weapons left over from the early 90s, [and] had taken the stocks and given them to various tribes that were loyal to him. [He] had intentions to have weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological and nuclear - but at that point in time he virtually had nothing".