4,982. 4/21/2003

While embedded with troops in Iraq, reporter Judith Miller witnessed an Iraqi speaking to members of her unit and gesturing. Under terms of her embedding agreement, she wasn’t allowed to talk to or identify the man, and military censors were allowed to edit her material. However, “Her piece, which landed on the front page of The New York Times on April 21 [2003], reported that the Iraqi…had the answer to the most pressing mystery of the war: Where were the weapons of mass destruction? The Iraqi, she wrote, was a scientist who had worked on Iraq’s chemical weapons program for more than a decade. …[he] had disclosed to the WMD hunters that Iraq had been secretly sending WMD materials and equipment to Syria for years, that Baghdad had recently been cooperating with al-Qaeda on weapons-related matters, and that he himself had buried material from Iraq’s illicit arms program.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 216-217

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