4,714. 3/9/2003

On March 9, 2003, The New York Times had a detailed article in which Washington officials revealed that [weapons] inspectors had recently discovered ‘a new variety of rocket [the cluster bomb] seemingly configured to strew bomblets filled with chemical or biological agents over large areas.’ The officials provided the information to reinforce the U.S. view that inspectors had found ‘incriminating evidence in Iraq.’ They also showed photographs of the weapons but, according to the article, ‘did not say how the photographs were obtained.’ The paper made the cautious comment that it remained unclear whether the cluster warhead was newly developed or from pre-1998.”

 – Hans Blix, Disarming Iraq, Page 223

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