Friday, April 30, 2004

Bush Lied!! IV
Book Names Iraqi in Alleged '99 Bid to Buy Uranium (washingtonpost.com) (via InstaPundit): "It was Saddam Hussein's information minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, often referred to in the Western press as 'Baghdad Bob,' who approached an official of the African nation of Niger in 1999 to discuss trade -- an overture the official saw as a possible effort to buy uranium.

That's according to a new book Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former ambassador who was sent to Niger by the CIA in 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq had been trying to buy enriched 'yellowcake' uranium. Wilson wrote that he did not learn the identity of the Iraqi official until this January, when he talked again with his Niger source."


But, no, Iraq had no interest in obtaining uranium. Not in Niger, at least, right? Hmm... seems like that whole argument is evaporating. And, remember, Bush never claimed they had obtained uranium from Niger, simply that they had pursued it.

UPDATE [4/30/2004 - 16:13]: For those who don't remember, Joseph Wilson was the State Department representative sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate unsubstantiated intelligence that Iraqis had been trying to acquire yellowcake uranium in that country. Wilson returned, filed a report that said he could not prove or disprove the claims. He then went a step further, writing an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, I believe (might have been the Times), stating how certain he was that no Iraqi had sought uranium in Niger. Subsequently, Bob Novak published a column that announced that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, had gotten him the job of going to Niger, and that she was a CIA operative. There was then a big to-do about the possibility that members of the Bush administration had illegally 'outed' Ms. Plame as a form of revenge on Wilson.
As my brother points out in the comments, it's miraculous that he's now acknowledging that there was an Iraqi seeking uranium in Niger.

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