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Powell Aide: We Were Lied To

Vice president's office 'manipulated' Powell into making Iraq speech

(Newser) - Colin Powell’s former chief of staff says he thinks the secretary of state was deliberately lied to and manipulated by the vice president’s office in the lead-up to the Iraq war. “I think there was some manipulation of this material and there was some outright lying,”... More »

Iraqi Defector Admits Lying About WMDs

'Curveball' proud to have started war

(Newser) - When Colin Powell gave his speech at the UN in February 2003 insisting that Iraq had biological weapons of mass destruction, he relied heavily on intelligence from a source codenamed “Curveball.” Well now Curveball, aka Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, tells the Guardian that he flat out made all... More »

Curveball's True Identity Comes to Light

Iraqi informant lied about WMDs for green card, 60 Minutes says

(Newser) - Curveball, the Iraqi informant whose tall tales of mass weaponry helped push the US to war, has been identified by 60 Minutes as a lousy student—not the brilliant chemical engineer he claimed to be—who lied through his teeth to get his green card. This week's show names him... More »

Book Details How a Curveball Spun Into a War

Iraqi defector lied on WMDs, but CIA was a willing dupe

(Newser) - An Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball, a primary source behind the WMD intelligence that inspired the invasion, is the subject of a new book that bears his handle, but  the CIA is the most guilty party in author Bob Drogin's account.  Analysts “twisted” and “magnified” the low-level engineer's... More »

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