4,572. 2/15/2003

In an undated interview conducted by journalist Ron Suskind, former head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, Sir Richard “Dearlove had trouble nailing down the exact date of the meeting [between British secret agent Michael Shipster and Iraqi intelligence chief Tahir Jalil Habbush] and hints that there may have been several. He’s sure, though, that one was in February [2003]. I run through the particulars, as I understand them: That the intelligence chief told Shipster there were no WMD [in Iraq], described why that was the case, and went on to explain how Saddam was worried that his neighbors, especially Iran, would discover he had none of the weapons they most feared. Dearlove confirms all this.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ron Suskind, The Way of the World, Page 191

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