6,004. 7/7/2004

Based on claims made by the October 1, 2002, National Intelligence Estimate, “NSA’s [National Security Agency’s] analysis of intercepts in 2002 was correct…in warning that Iraq was in the process of producing a ‘large-diameter missile,’ which meant a regular ballistic missile with booster rockets attached to it that would give the missile a range far in excess of what the United Nations permitted Iraq to have. [According to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq, released on July 7, 2004,] After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CIA inspection teams confirmed that two Iraqi ballistic missiles had indeed been flight-tested beyond the 150 kilometers permitted by the United Nations.”

 – Matthew M. Aid, The Secret Sentry, Page 239

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