4,685. 3/7/2003

“On March 7, 2003, Mohamed El Baradei, the director general of the UN’s nuclear inspection and verification arm, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), made a startling statement in remarks to the Security Council: the uranium intelligence was not credible and there was ‘no evidence or plausible indication’ that Iraq had revived a nuclear weapons program. Furthermore, he implied that the documents on which the Niger claim had been based were forgeries: ‘Based on thorough analysis, the IAEA has concluded with the concurrence of outside experts that these documents which formed the basis for the report of recent uranium transaction between Iraq and Niger are in fact not authentic. We have therefore concluded that these specific allegations are unfounded.’ ”

 – Scott McClellan, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, Page 6

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