Saturday, October 01, 2005

Uranium from Niger mythology


‘Ridiculous claims’ about uranium from Niger, said Jon Snow on C4 News last night in a dialogue with their Washington correspondent in connection with the testimony of Judith Miller.

Compare and contrast the Butler report (Para 499) which concluded:
that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the Government’s dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well-founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that:
The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought
significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
was well-founded.
The New York Times, as one might expect, put it more truthfully:
Mr. Wilson […] had accused the administration of exaggerating some of the intelligence that it used to justify invading Iraq.
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