#SupportJulian – Mass Destruction
The war in Iraq was waged with heavy rhetoric. ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ became an integral part of our vocabulary. The one thing that will emerge with some clarity, after activists and media have combed through WikiLeaks’ Iraq and Afghan War logs, is the number of people that have died on all sides. Civilians. Soldiers. Doctors. Journalists. Relief workers. Children. The mass destruction that’s been unleashed in the hope of preventing it.
‘Curveball’: I lied about WMD to hasten Iraq war
Defector admits he fabricated information to try to bring down Saddam regime
Iraqi defector who went by the codename “Curveball” has publicly admitted for the first time that he made up stories about mobile bioweapons trucks and secret factories to try to bring down Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Al-Janabi’s information was used in part by the U.S. as justification for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. More than 100,000 people, most of them Iraqi civilians, have died in the war. The U.S. began to withdraw its troops from Iraq last summer.
Tyler Drumheller, the former head of the CIA in Europe, said Curveball’s admission made him feel better about himself.
Drumheller, who says he warned his superiors at the CIA before the 2003 invasion that Curveball might be a liar, said the confession would be a final wake-up call for those who continue to insist there had been weapons of mass destruction.
“The interesting part for me is that he has recanted what he said, which is fascinating in the sense that I think there are still a number of people who still thought there was something in that. Even now,” Drumheller told the Guardian.