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The man who provided the WMD intelligence that became the basis for starting the Iraq War has confirmed his lies in an interview with BBC, as reported by Jonathan Owen at The Independent.Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, otherwise known as “Curveball,” is the Iraqi chemical engineer and defector who invented claims about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
When seeking political asylum in Germany in 1999, Curveball claimed to have supervised the building of a mobile biological laboratory.
BBC also reported that U.S. officials then doctored Curveball’s drawings of the laboratory to make them seem more legitimate. U.S. Secretary of State at the time, Colin Powell, relayed the fabrications as facts based on solid intelligence at the U.N. Security Council in February 2003 to justify the invasion of Iraq.
From The Independent:
US officials “sexed up” Mr Janabi’s drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell’s former chief of staff. “I brought the White House team in to do the graphics,” he says, adding how “intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy.”
Mr. Janabi, who has been granted asylum in Germany, told the Guardian last year that he was exposed as a liar as early as mid-2000 when his former boss at the Military Industries Commission in Iraq, Dr. Bassil Latif, told the German secret service that he strongly denied several claims made by Mr. Janabi.
Operation Iraqi Freedom, beginning in March 2003 and officially ending December 2011, cost over $820 billion and claimed the lives of over 100,00 civilians as well as 4,484 U.S. military personnel (with another 32,000 wounded), according to war reports analysed by The Guardian.
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