5,845. 5/13/2004

In a casual conversation with FBI Special Agent George Piro on May 13, 2004, Saddam “Hussein stated that the United Nations’ (UN) Weapons Inspections had achieved its objectives of disposing Iraq of its WMD. Iraq does not have any WMD and has not for sometime [sic]. Hussein was advised that many were of the opinion that Iraq was reluctant to cooperate with the UN Weapons Inspections process. …Hussein admitted there were individuals in the Iraqi government who were initially reluctant to cooperate with the weapons inspectors. Those individuals were loyal hard working people dedicated to their work. It was difficult for them to be told one day to open all of their files and turn over all of their work and government secrets to outsiders. It took time and occurred in steps. However, by 1998 Iraq had complied with the UN resolutions…”

 – FBI, “Casual Conversation, May 13, 2004,” Saddam Hussein Talks to the FBI:, The National Security Archive, May 13, 2004

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