3,241. 12/20/2001

Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, ” ‘An Iraqi defector who described himself as a civil engineer said he personally worked on renovations of secret facilities [in Iraq] for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons,’ began a story carried by the New York Times under the byline of Judith Miller on December 20, 2001. Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri ‘personally visited at least 20 different sites’ that he believed were part of Iraq’s weapons programs…As the Columbia Journalism Review noted in the summer of 2004, long after the invasion, ‘None of the weapons sites–which al-Haideri claimed were located beneath hospitals and behind palaces–have ever been located.’ ”

 – Thomas E. Ricks, Fiasco, Page 35

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