4,136. 10/15/2002

“A sheaf of fabricated documents arrived from Italy to muddy the waters in October 2002 and the President [Bush] included the yellowcake story in his State of the Union address in January [2003]–the soon-to-be-exploded sixteen words that ‘the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa…’ Eventually the documents were shared with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which reported almost immediately that the documents were crude and obvious forgeries, a conclusion with which the CIA was subsequently compelled sheepishly to agree.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Thomas Powers, The Military Error, Pages 26-27

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