5,607. 2/5/2004

“The best source the CIA had [for Iraqi intelligence] was provided by the French intelligence service, which had cultivated Naji Sabri, Iraq’s foreign minister, as its agent. Sabri said that Saddam did not have an active nuclear or biological weapons program. Evidently his reporting was rejected. Sabri was the man to whom [CIA director George] Tenet referred in a February 5, 2004, speech, when he said the CIA had had ‘a source who had direct access to Saddam and his inner circle.’ ”

 – Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Page 773

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