Wednesday, September 22, 2004


CBS Scrapped Iraq-Niger-Uranium forged documents story for the infamous Bush-national Guard-Forged Documents Story

This story in Newsweek tells of the CBS newsroom scrapping a story alleging forged documents were used to prove Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger. That story was killed when CBS received the (now discredited as forged) documents about Bush's military service. A couple of obvious observations here. First, it really goes to the motivation of CBS to cancel a story which was reportedly well produced and thought out for one which would have even greater - and personal - consequences for the president and his bid for re-election. Next, how ironic that a story on forged documents was replaced by a story built on forged documents. And, no matter what you think of the Iraq-Niger-Uranium dealings, even if CBS still goes with that story before the election there credibility is so shot, it will not make any waves. Finally, just a note about the whole Iraq-Niger-Uranium thing. While Joe Wilson has been outspoken against the idea that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger, it seems that this was flip-flopping at it's finest. From
This Washington times article:

"In his book, Wilson recounts his encounter with the unnamed Niger official in 2002, saying, he "hesitated and looked up to the sky as if plumbing the depths of his memory, then offered that perhaps the Iraqi might have wanted to talk about uranium." Wilson did not get the Iraqi's name in 2002, but he writes that he talked to his source again four months ago, and that the former official said he saw Sahhaf on television before the start of the war and recognized him as the person he talked to in 1999."

So even if CBS goes with the forged documents on this issue, we still have a government official of Niger telling US intelligence people that chemical Ali was trying to buy yellowcake uranium.

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