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IRAQ: Uranium from Africa

The US administration has acknowledged for the first time that President George Bush's claim in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium from Africa was an error, The Washington Post reported (7/8/03). The statement effectively conceded that intelligence underlying the president's uranium-purchase claim was wrong, The Washington Post said. Controversy is raging in the US and Britain over charges that the governments of the two countries manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to make the case for war against Iraq. No evidence of such weapons has been found by the occupying forces in Iraq. The International Atomic Energy Agency in March dismissed a report about Iraq buying uranium from Niger as being based on forged documents. Former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson disclosed that he had traveled to Africa in 2002 to investigate the report. Wilson, Washington's envoy to Gabon from 1992 to 1995, told the New York Times (7/6/03) and NBC that he had reported back to the CIA that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place. (Reuters, 7/9/03)

Ronald Hilton - 7/9/03