4,468. 1/31/2003

“[T]he State Department’s INR [Bureau of Intelligence and Research] fact-checked an early draft of [Secretary of State Colin] Powell’s speech [which he was to deliver to the U.N. on February 5, 2003]. On January 31 [2003]…they sent a memo to Powell asserting that thirty-eight allegations in the speech were ‘unsubstantiated’ or ‘weak.’ As a result of the memo, twenty-eight of the charges were removed from the draft.”

 – Craig Unger, The Fall of the House of Bush, Page 278

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