Suspicion of Chalabi Deception Intensifies

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  1. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    This looks to be the next big Iraq story. It seems to go straight to the heart of what the Bush administration did and why they did it.

    Former administration favorite is believed to have fed disinformation on Hussein's weapons to intelligence agencies in at least eight nations.

    WASHINGTON — Ahmad Chalabi, the onetime White House favorite who has been implicated in an alleged Iranian spy operation, sent Iraqi defectors to at least eight Western spy services before the war in an apparent effort to dupe them about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's illicit weapons programs, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said.

    U.S. investigators are seeking to determine whether the effort — which one U.S. official likened to an attempt to "game the system" — was secretly supported by Iran's intelligence service to help persuade the Bush administration to oust the regime in Baghdad, Tehran's longtime enemy.

    Officials said other evidence indicated that Chalabi's intelligence chief had furnished Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security with highly classified information on U.S. troop movements, top-secret communications, plans of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and other closely guarded material on U.S. operations in Iraq.

    ...Because even friendly spy services rarely share the identities of their informants or let outsiders meet or debrief their sources, it has only in recent months become clear that Chalabi's group sent defectors with inaccurate or misleading information to Denmark, England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, as well as to the United States, the officials said.

    As a result, the officials said, U.S. intelligence analysts in some cases used information from now-discredited "foreign intelligence sources" to corroborate their own assessments of Hussein's suspected chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs.

    ...The CIA was unable to interview two other supposedly senior Iraqis who spied for British intelligence in Baghdad before the war and claimed to provide detailed information from within Hussein's inner circle.

    ...Hussein's Sunni Muslim-dominated regime invaded Iran's Shiite-led theocracy in 1980, and as many as 1 million people were killed in combat and chemical weapons attacks by the time the war ended in 1988.

    ..."This seems to be a substantial development in the war, when one of the most highly paid and trusted advisors may have deliberately misled our nation for months and years and some of our officials may have swallowed it hook, line and sinker," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.).​

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-chalabi23may23,1,6498654.story
     
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Well now that the Bushies have burned Chalabi (after he burned them of course) I wonder if Chalabi will say anything that will be damning to Bush. I imagine Chalabi's got to know some pretty explosive stuff. Of course I won't believe anything he says without some pretty good coroboration.

    You know what they say...
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