“Curveball” Says He Lied About WMDs To Topple Saddam
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, better known by the name he was given by German and American intelligence officials, “Curveball,” says he lied about the existence of WMDs and mobile biological weapons trucks in an effort to get rid of Saddam Hussein. (h/t TPM)
In a series of meetings with the Guardian in Germany where he has been granted asylum, he said he had told a German official, who he identified as Dr Paul, about mobile bioweapons trucks throughout 2000. He said the BND [German Secret Service] had identified him as a Baghdad-trained chemical engineer and approached him shortly after 13 March of that year, looking for inside information about Saddam’s Iraq.
“I had a problem with the Saddam regime,” he said. “I wanted to get rid of him and now I had this chance.”
Janabi defends his actions.
With the US now leaving Iraq, Janabi said he was comfortable with what he did, despite the chaos of the past eight years and the civilian death toll in Iraq, which stands at more than 100,000.
“I tell you something when I hear anybody – not just in Iraq but in any war – [is] killed, I am very sad. But give me another solution. Can you give me another solution?
“Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities.”Click here for reuse options!
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