Sunday, August 01, 2004

Niger-Iraq - still bogus, but weirder than ever

Josh Marshall reports this morning in Talking Points Memo about a Times Of London article that covers some of the same ground he's been plowing for an upcoming article in The Washington Monthly - one he's been working on for the last 6 months. He gives some of the details from his upcoming article. This gist is that, contrary to the recent Financial Times articles that implied that the Iraq-Niger uranium connection was real(despite the bogosity of the documents), both the documents AND the Iraq-Niger business itself were fabrications of SISMI - Italian Military Intelligence.

What Marshall's blog entry doesn't go into (yet - presumably the magazine article will) is why?. Why was Italian intelligence planting evidence against Iraq? Who in the Italian government authorized it? And to what end? I'm sure there's plenty of plausible deniability to go around, but might the tracks lead straight back to Washington?

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