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US intelligence about Iraq WMD 'faulty'

January 29, 2004 10:42 IST

The man America assigned to unearthweapons of mass destruction in Iraq saysUS intelligence about Saddam Hussein's suspected WMD wasflawed.

But David Kay, the chief weapons inspector who resigned from office on January 23, toldUS Congress on Wednesday that the information was notdistorted.

Kay, who headedthe Iraq Survey Group, also said Washington was clueless about how far Iran and Libya's nuclear programmes had developed.

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He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his teams had found no chemical or biological weaponsin Iraq.

There was no evidence ofnuclearweapons either, he added.

Kay addedhis team had 'no evidence'that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda.

He felt there was far too great reliance onsatellite images to collect intelligence, and this had led to an erroneous assessment of Iraq's accumulation of WMD.

However, Kaycleared the White House of using US intelligence agencies to build a case for war bycreating a false impression of Saddam's WMD.

Kay felt US intelligence agencies did not understandthat Hussein wascreating an impression about an arsenal of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to bolster his image as a modern-day Saladin in theArab world, long suspicious about his intentions and his secular credentials.

Ultimately, that gambit backfired on the Iraqi dictator.

Warythat Saddamcould use those ultimately illusory weapons against Israel, the US andits allies like Britain struck back last year, destroying his Baathist regime.

In recent days, the Bush administration has toned down its rhetoric about Saddam's WMD, with several officials including the President givingindirect, muffled responses.

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Sub: Not faulty, but fabricated.

Intelligence was faulty but the invasion very perfect. Apparently the focus is not on the WMDs (it was just a weapon for mass deception) but ...

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