3,963. 9/25/2002

Tyler Drumheller, Chief of the Directorate of Operations’ European Division, met with the Washington station chief of Germany’s BND (Federal Intelligence Service) in late September 2002. He raised questions about ‘Curveball,’ the Iraqi defector who “had become the primary basis for one of the [Bush] administration’s most significant claims: that Iraq had built a fleet of mobile biological labs. The White House had publicly cited this charge, saying Saddam was now capable of cooking up anthrax and other deadly agents on movable trailers that would never be found by weapons inspectors because they were constantly on the go. …The CIA had never talked to Curveball and had no idea how credible he was. …’We think he’s had a nervous breakdown,’ the BND station chief said. ‘We think he’s a fabricator.’ …Curveball’s information about bioweapons labs had just been accepted for inclusion in the National Intelligence Estimate then being drafted in response to a request from the Senate intelligence committee.” [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 129, 132

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