US, UK Knew Iraq Had No WMDs: Report
New report alleges that MI6, CIA ignored vital intel
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair nudge each other in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – Days before the September 2002 dossier on Iraqi weapons that Tony Blair used to justify sending British troops to join the US in Iraq, an MI6 officer met with Iraq's head of intelligence and was told that Saddam Hussein had no active weapons of mass destruction, according to an investigative report by the BBC. The CIA had its own secret meeting in the months before the invasion, this one with Hussein's foreign minister, and was also told that Iraq had "virtually nothing" when it came to WMDs, according to the Guardian.

But MI6 and the CIA dismissed the intelligence, and the information was not passed along to relevant officials for subsequent inquiries. But, while dismissing information from high-level officials, MI6 stood by information gleaned from unreliable sources (such as the claim that Iraq was buying uranium from Niger) even after other intelligence agencies dismissed them, and MI6 and the CIA continued to take such claims seriously even after the sources were found to be unreliable.

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Mar 22, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
So? Majority of Americans don't care, the small percentage that does however, don't take action. Some of us americans are so stupid, we don't even realize our reality, nor a single lie being told to us by our government and corporations. I DARE people to help others realize this.
Mar 19, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
Old news is certainly an applicable phrase when the news is over a decade old. Wow! What a revelation! It might of been cheaper not to waste the 2 trillion dollars for this Bush-Cheney fiasco.
Mar 19, 2013 8:23 AM CDT
Look at the bright side: The next Republican President of the United States hasn't been born yet. : - )