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Qtec
08-10-2008, 03:22 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Suskind says that at the beginning of 2003, MI6 sent one of its top agents, Michael Shipster, to the region. Mr Shipster held secret meetings in Jordan with Tahir Jalil Habbush, the head of Iraqi Intelligence. The meetings were confirmed by Nigel Inkster, former assistant director of MI6.

Mr Inkster confirmed that Mr Shipster was told by Mr Habbush there were no illicit weapons in Iraq. Mr Inkster refused to comment yesterday.

Richard Dearlove, the former head of British intelligence, was interviewed by Suskind. The author said Sir Richard confirmed the Shipster meetings and report. He added that he asked why Mr Blair had not acted on the information.

Sir Richard was quoted as saying the agent's mission to Iraq was an 11th-hour "attempt to try, as it were, I'd say, to diffuse (sic) the whole situation". He added: "The problem was the Cheney crowd was in too much of a hurry, really. Bush never resisted them quite strongly enough."

Suskind writes that Sir Richard flew to Washington in February 2003 to present the Habbush report to George Tenet, then the director of the CIA. The report stated that according to Mr Habbush, Saddam had ended his nuclear program in 1991 - the same year he destroyed his chemical weapons program - and ended his biological weapons program in 1996. This information turned out to be true.

Mr Tenet briefed Mr Bush and the then US national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice.

Suskind writes: "The White House then buried the Habbush report. They instructed the British they were no longer interested in keeping the channel open."

Rob Richer, a former CIA officer in the Near East division, told Suskind: "The Brits wanted to avoid war - which was what was driving them. Bush wanted to go to war in Iraq from the very first days he was in office."

Mr Habbush was put on the White House's list of most-wanted Iraqis, but according to Suskind he was paid by the CIA in October 2003 to write the forged letter to Saddam, dated July 1, 2001, saying the alleged ringleader of the September 11 attacks, Mohammed Atta, had trained for his mission in Iraq. This was the letter published in The Sunday Telegraph. </div></div>

Habbush got $5 million and is now in Jordan. link (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-suskind/the-forged-iraqi-letter-w_b_117056.html)

Hush money?

Curveball was a deranged taxi driver [ that the US never interviewed] and they believed his stories , but the Head of Iraqi Intel is unreliable?.

Q

wolfdancer
08-10-2008, 12:24 PM
pretty scary stuff,Q
You'll get the usual barrage of insults, slurs, accusations and denials about this from the lemmings group...but, with no "facts" to alter that report.