Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball" by the CIA and who was a main source of "intel" used to make the case for invading Iraq -- especially Colin Powell's now infamous UN presenation -- now admits everything he said was a lie.

Even before the invasion, there was strong evidence that Mr. Janabi was an unreliable source, evidence which critics now say the Bush White House and the C.I.A.’s top leadership ignored.

Mr. Janabi, who defected to Germany in the 1990s, met repeatedly with German intelligence officials beginning in 2000. They refused to allow C.I.A. officials to meet directly with him, instead providing the Americans only with reports of what he had said.

Eventually, though, the Germans grew doubtful of their informer and passed on their suspicions to American intelligence officials.

Mr. Janabi said in his interview with The Guardian that he still believed that it was right for him to lie, because it was the only way to rid Iraq of Mr. Hussein.

In an interview conducted in German and translated by The Guardian, he said: “Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities.”

I think it is telling that, despite all of this "freedom" brought to Iraq, Mr. Janabi still lives in Germany.



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