CIA warned about ‘Curveball’ by German ministers

They lied early and they lied often. It’s what they did on every subject, though especially the charge to war. Who really can believe anything that George Tenet has to say? Saddam Hussein’s spokesman is more believable so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the former German minister is calling out Tenet on “Curveball.”

Reprinting an extract from his autobiography, Tenet claimed he only found out in 2005, two years after the Iraq invasion, that the BND had doubts about Curveball’s claims to have witnessed first-hand Saddam Hussein’s bio-weapons programme.

Asked by the Guardian whether Tenet’s claims were plausible, Fischer said: “No. I don’t think so.”

Fischer said the BND realised some time before the war that Curveball was not a watertight source, and passed on his testimony to the CIA with warnings attached.

“Our position was always: [Curveball] might be right, but he might not be right. He could be a liar but he could be telling the truth,” said Fischer at a press conference in Berlin to promote his memoir about the Iraq war.


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