7,683. 2/16/2011

“An Iraqi defector who convinced the West that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which was used as a basis for war, has admitted he lied. Engineer Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known by the alias Curveball, told German intelligence that the Iraqi dictator had mobile weapons laboratories as part of a secret biological programme. However, in an interview with the Guardian [U.K.] newspaper, he now says he lied in order to rid his country of the brutal regime, which he had fled in 1995. He told reporters: ‘I had to do something for my country. So I did this, and I am satisfied because there is no dictator in Iraq any more.’ ”

 – “Defector Who Told the West About Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Admits He Lied,” Daily Mail, Feb. 16, 2011

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