US /

Bush Forged Evidence for War: Book

Bribed Saddam official $5M to write letter
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:44 AM CDT
Bush Forged Evidence for War: Book
President Bush walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he returns from Kennebunkport, Maine, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The Bush administration forged a letter linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks, author Ron Suskind alleges in his new book. In December 2003, a letter surfaced from Saddam’s intelligence chief, describing a meeting between Saddam and one 9/11 hijacker. The letter was actually drafted by the White House, Suskind’s sources say. The intelligence chief, then in CIA custody, was then paid $5 million to handwrite and backdate it, he claims.

The letter also claimed that Iraq was importing nuclear material; neither claim proved true. Suskind says the CIA planted the letter in Baghdad and ensured that it was leaked to the media. Then-CIA director George Tenet last night called the allegations “ridiculous,” because the CIA “resisted efforts on the part of some in the administration to paint a picture of Iraqi-al-Qaeda connections that went beyond the evidence.” (Read more Iraq stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X