21 October, 2005

More Iran-hatred

The pre-propaganda against Iran continues with Oliver North's new book. Meanwhile, America's #1 Iran-basher gets tied up in Plamegate.
Who was behind the Niger uranium forgeries?

Even as the FBI was following the trail of the forgers, the Italians were looking into the matter from their end. A parliamentary committee was charged with investigating, and they issued a heavily redacted report: now, I am told by a former CIA operations officer, the report has aroused some interest on this side of the Atlantic. According to a source in the Italian embassy, Patrick J. "Bulldog" Fitzgerald asked for and "has finally been given a full copy of the Italian parliamentary oversight report on the forged Niger uranium document," the former CIA officer tells me:

"Previous versions of the report were redacted and had all the names removed, though it was possible to guess who was involved. This version names Michael Ledeen as the conduit for the report and indicates that former CIA officers Duane Clarridge and Alan Wolf were the principal forgers. All three had business interests with Chalabi."


You know, I realize we have three years of Bush left, but at this particular point in time this doesn't really look worrisome. They've lost their shit to the point that I don't think they could mount a small skirmish in the alley behind the White House, let alone a full-on war. Any day now George Bush is going to turn into a cactus or something. 

Posted by saurabh

I dunno, their ability to muck stuff up never ceases to amaze me. Nothing like a war to get people motivated, right? Me and my mother had a nice weeping session last night when I found the presidential succession list . Ick.  

Posted by Saheli

An interesting summary of Ledeen's Italian connection in the comments at Yglesias , though perhaps old news to you lot.  

Posted by Saheli

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