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As US secretary of state, Colin Powell gathered his notes in front of the United Nations security council, the man watching — Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known to the west's intelligence services as “Curveball” — had more than an inkling of what was to come. He was, after all, Powell's main source…
Former agency managers have said that during the internal debates over Iraqi WMD, Tenet and his deputy John McLaughlin ignored warnings by agency managers about the credibility of a key source the White House was relying on to make the case for an invasion. Code named Curveball, the source ...

Despite those objections and the lack of direct U.S. contact with Curve Ball, he earned a rating as “credible” or “very credible,” and his information became a core element of the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq. Drawings of Curve Ball's imaginary bio-weapons labs were a central feature of ...
This is especially so when considered in the larger framework of what a proper “IC-coordinated assessment” process should look like, and in the aftermath of the intelligence failures surrounding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and the lessons learned from that experience, none of which were applied ...
To bolster his point, Trump cites the CIA's faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in March ... One of them was an Iraqi defector with the telling alias of "Curveball," who claimed that Hussein possessed mobile bioweapons labs.
Codenamed "Curveball," Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi had spun a tale for German intelligence in a bid to secure a safe haven for himself. Curveball told the Germans about those mobile labs and said where the Iraqi military might be hiding them. But as we lay out in a bit, by the time Powell relied on that ...

Image from Colin Powell's presentation at the UN Security Council on alleged WMD facilities in 2003, which according to the Bush administration was based on faulty intelligence from the informant known as Curveball. By Elizabeth Pond. Remember Curveball? He was the star witness Secretary of State ...
Image from Colin Powell's presentation at the UN Security Council on alleged WMD facilities in 2003, which according to the Bush administration was based on faulty intelligence from the informant known as Curveball. By Elizabeth Pond. Remember Curveball? He was the star witness Secretary of State ...
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war. He tries to defend his ...
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow. "Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass ...
German Foreign Minister: CIA Knew 'Curveball's' WMD Intel Was Questionable. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ... Curveball, as he was codenamed by intelligence officials, told The Guardian that he fabricated stories of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories. That intelligence made it into ...
While this allegation is on a different scale of Saddam's alleged WMD, both incidents show the dangerous degree to which individuals (both foreign and ..... before the U.N. Security Council in February 2003 was based on information provided by an Iraqi agent code-named “CURVEBALL,” who turned out to ...
Former agency managers have said that during the internal debates over Iraqi WMD, Tenet and his deputy John McLaughlin ignored warnings by agency managers about the credibility of a key source the White House was relying on to make the case for an invasion. Code named Curveball, the source ...
Despite those objections and the lack of direct U.S. contact with Curve Ball, he earned a rating as “credible” or “very credible,” and his information became a core element of the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq. Drawings of Curve Ball's imaginary bio-weapons labs were a central feature of ...
This is especially so when considered in the larger framework of what a proper “IC-coordinated assessment” process should look like, and in the aftermath of the intelligence failures surrounding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and the lessons learned from that experience, none of which were applied ...
To bolster his point, Trump cites the CIA's faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in March ... One of them was an Iraqi defector with the telling alias of "Curveball," who claimed that Hussein possessed mobile bioweapons labs.
To bolster his point, Trump cites the CIA's faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in March ... One of them was an Iraqi defector with the telling alias of "Curveball," who claimed that Hussein possessed mobile bioweapons labs.

Now, all of this suggests that German intelligence did not buy Curveball's testimony and was unsure that Iraq had a biological weapons program. But one letter from the BND to the CIA might have given a different impression. According to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, in a December 2002 letter ...
In the lead-up to the Iraq War, defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan, aka “Curveball,” became an expert at telling his interrogators what they wanted to hear, ... snarl of trust issues the expat petrochemical engineer holds toward a media that may have unfairly positioned him as the scapegoat in the Iraq War's WMD ...
Image from Colin Powell's presentation at the UN Security Council on alleged WMD facilities in 2003, which according to the Bush administration was based on faulty intelligence from the informant known as Curveball. By Elizabeth Pond. Remember Curveball? He was the star witness Secretary of State ...
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war. He tries to defend his ...
German Foreign Minister: CIA Knew 'Curveball's' WMD Intel Was Questionable. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ... Curveball, as he was codenamed by intelligence officials, told The Guardian that he fabricated stories of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories. That intelligence made it into ...
Cut to Page 50 of the WMD report: “The Commission found no ... from a (totally dishonest, as it turns out) source code-named Curveball.
Echoes of Iraq-WMD Fraud in Syria ... Drawings of Curve Ball's imaginary bio-weapons labs were a central feature of Secretary of State Colin ...
The WMD fiasco did much to harm the standing of the George W. Bush ... But Curveball later admitted he had made up the whole story. A month ...
Codenamed "Curveball," Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi had spun a tale for German intelligence in a bid to secure a safe haven for himself.
... Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). ... al-Janabi (the infamous “Curveball,” a man German intelligence had ...
... defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan, aka “Curveball,” became an expert at telling ... positioned him as the scapegoat in the Iraq War's WMD scandal.
Image from Colin Powell's presentation at the UN Security Council on alleged WMD facilities in 2003, which according to the Bush ...
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole ...
Curveball, as he was codenamed by intelligence officials, told The Guardian that he fabricated stories of mobile bioweapons trucks and ...
In Syria, the West has been developing a new generation of "curveballs" - on call and ready to deliver whatever the U.S.
David Kelly, one of the world's top weapons inspectors, and an employee of our Ministry of Defence gave a non-attributable background briefing about the missing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to Andrew Gilligan, a BBC defence reporter working for ...
Nonetheless, "Curveball's" descriptions of Iraqi WMDs factored heavily in the Bush administration's case for war.
A number of commentators have perhaps been overly fastidious with reference to the 'Trump Dossier'. Max Boot, for one, suggested "It is worrisome that this material was published by BuzzFeed when major news organizations, which are not particularly ...
Of course, if the SCOTUS hadn't handed the election to George II in 2000, the Middle East today might just be another source of cheap oil and Iraq would be just another PITA tinpot dictatorship pretending to be important based on their non-existent ...
Senior Bush officials famously embraced raw intelligence derived from a low-level Iraqi defector known as "Curveball" who became the key source underpinning their assessment that Iraq had WMDs - ultimately the basis on which the U.S. went to war.
Senior Bush officials famously embraced raw intelligence derived from a low-level Iraqi defector known as "Curveball" who became the key source underpinning their assessment that Iraq had WMDs - ultimately the basis on which the U.S. went to war.
One of them was an Iraqi defector with the telling alias of "Curveball," who claimed that Hussein possessed mobile bioweapons labs.
That's stunning, given that President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, the CIA, SecDef Rumsfeld, SecState Powell, National Security Advisor Rice, Bush's chief strategist Rove, "Curveball" (the alias of the name of the unreliable WMD information) and other ...
... cherry picked by the Bush administration from information gathered from two highly unreliable informants - Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who became known in intelligence circles as "Curveball" because of his lack of veracity, and an informant named ...
On this edition for Sunday, Dec. 11, reactions to the CIA assessment that Russian hackers tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson emerges as the front-runner for secretary of state.
Making use of claims made by a discredited Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball," Powell ignored the fact the CIA had deemed the source a "fabricator" and used the source's shaky evidence to convince the media, as well as other global powers, they ...
Evidence now suggests that we are seeing a replay of Curveball and the Iraqi WMD in 2003 and the bogus hysteria about stopping a Libyan "genocide" in 2011, both debunked by later investigations but too late to spare those countries from massive death ...
Evidence now suggests that we are seeing a replay of Curveball and the Iraqi WMD in 2003 and the bogus hysteria about stopping a Libyan "genocide" in 2011, both debunked by later investigations but too late to spare those countries from massive death ...
Curtis notes that Curveball, whose real name was Rafeed al-Janabi, took a dubious scenario from a Hollywood thriller - about nerve agents contained in glass spheres - to bolster his claims that he could verify Saddam Husein's WMD programme. Curtis ...
This is especially true because the people who created and uncritically promoted previous hoaxes such as Nayirah and the Kuwaiti incubators, Curveball and the Iraqi WMD have gone without penalty or punishment despite the enormous cost in lives and ...
This is especially true because the people who created and uncritically promoted previous hoaxes such as Nayirah and the Kuwaiti incubators, Curveball and the Iraqi WMD have gone without penalty or punishment despite the enormous cost in lives and ...
The incitements like 'The WMD programme is not shutdown, it is up and running now' 'active existing military Plans for the use of biological and chemical weapons to be activated within 45 minutes' and 'The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax ...
Codenamed "Curveball," Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi had spun a tale for German intelligence in a bid to secure a safe haven for himself.


 

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