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Tilting at Windmills

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July 10, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

CURVEBALL....Remember Curveball, the Iraqi exile who claimed that he had built biological warfare trucks for the Iraqi army but later turned out to be the brother of one of Ahmed Chalabi's top aides? It turns out that the only American agent who met Curveball didn't believe him, but he was told by his CIA supervisor to shut up:

"As I said last night, let's keep in mind the fact that this war's going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn't say, and the powers that be probably aren't terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he's talking about," the CIA official wrote, according to information released Friday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to support the Senate Intelligence Committee's blistering, 511-page critique of America's prewar intelligence.

"However, in the interest of truth," the e-mail continued, "we owe somebody a sentence or two of warning, if you honestly have reservations."

No evidence suggests such a warning was given, however. And Curveball the chief source of repeated U.S. assessments that Iraq had a mobile biological weapons program turned out to be a fraud.

Nope, no one was feeling any pressure from the Bush administration to provide only the information they wanted to hear. None at all.

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