A new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein.
Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery – adamantly denied by the White House – was designed to portray a false link between Hussein’s regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.
The author also claims that the Bush administration had information from a top Iraqi intelligence official "that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion."..
Insists link between Saddam and al-Qaida was faked: "It’s all on the record."
Despite adamant denials by both the White House and the CIA, journalist Ron Suskind Wednesday stood by his allegation that the Bush administration concocted a fake letter purporting to show a link between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaida as a justification for the Iraq war. "It’s all on the record," Suskind told Meredith Vieira on TODAY…
What just happened? Evidence. A secret that has been judiciously kept for five years just spilled out. All of what follows is new, never reported in any way:
The Iraq Intelligence Chief, Tahir Jalil Habbush a man still carrying with $1 million reward for capture, the Jack of Diamonds in Bushs famous deck of wanted men has been Americas secret source on Iraq. Starting in January of 2003, with Blair and Bush watching, his secret reports began to flow to officials on both sides of the Atlantic, saying that there were no WMD and that Hussein was acting so odd because of fear that the Iranians would find out he was a toothless tiger. The U.S. deep-sixed the intelligence report in February, resettled Habbush to a safe house in Jordan during the invasion and then paid him $5 million in what could only be considered hush money.
In the fall of 2003, after the world learned there were no WMD as Habbush had foretold the White House ordered the CIA to carry out a deception. The mission: create a handwritten letter, dated July, 2001, from Habbush to Saddam saying that Atta trained in Iraq before the attacks and the Saddam was buying yellow cake for Niger with help from a small team from the al Qaeda organization.
The mission was carried out, the letter was created, popped up in Baghdad, and roiled the global newcycles in December, 2003 (conning even venerable journalists with Tom Brokaw). The mission is a statutory violation of the charter of CIA, and amendments added in 1991, prohibiting CIA from conduction disinformation campaigns on U.S. soil.
So, here we go again: the administration full attack mode, calling me names, George Tenet is claiming he doesnt remember any such thing just like he couldnt remember slam dunk and reporters are scratching their heads. Everything in the book is on the record. Many sources. And so, we watch and wait .
Opmerking De zoveelste (m.i. terechte) beschuldiging dat Bush cs hebben gelogen over de beweerde aanwezigheid van MVW in Irak en de link tussen Saddam en Osama. Het blijft onbegrijpelijk dat Bush en Cheney nog geen ‘impeachment-procedure’ aan hun broek hebben hangen. In dit geval zegt de auteur over getuigenissen-op-de-band te beschikken; dat kan politiek interessant blijken.
‘Nagekomen berichten’ op 9 aug.: ..Today, The American Conservative also published a report saying that the forgery was actually produced by then-Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith’s Office of Special Plans, citing an unnamed intelligence source. The source reportedly added that Suskinds overall claim is correct."
"My source also notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment," the magazine wrote. "Instead, he went to Doug Feiths Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job. It was Feiths office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq. Unlike the [Central Intelligence] Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public. Indeed, one might argue that Doug Feiths office specialized in such activity."
More of Suskind’s transcripts are available here.