6,336. 3/31/2005

The report of the presidential commission chaired by Laurence H. Silberman and Charles S. Robb, released March 31, 2005, said, in its conclusion: ” ‘In retrospect, we conclude that the Intelligence Community’s leadership should have more aggressively investigated [Iraqi informant] Curveball’s bona fides, rather than seeing the confidence of the analysts and the responsible liaison service as sufficient reason to dismiss the rival concerns of the operators and other liaison services. These leaders also should have pushed harder for access to Curveball–even at the cost of significant inter-liaison capital–given that the source’s reporting was so critical to the judgment that Iraq was developing a mobile BW [biological weapons] capability.’ ”

 – Tyler Drumheller with Elaine Monaghan, On The Brink, Pages 272-273

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