MEDIA ARE PLAYING GAMES YET AGAIN WITH ANONYMOUS RUSSIA LEAKS.
Much of the case for the Iraq War was based on the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. When the United States declared an end to the war late in 2011, more than 4,400 American military members had been killed and nearly 32,000 wounded. No weapons of mass destruction had been found.
It’s one of the most significant and catastrophic intelligence errors in U.S. history. A bipartisan commission found that U.S. intelligence “seriously misjudged” Iraq’s weapons program because of their “heavy reliance on a human source–codenamed ‘Curveball’–whose information later proved to be unreliable.” The commission wrote, “Even more misleading was the river of intelligence that flowed from the CIA to top policymakers over long periods of time–in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB)” and other reports that were “more alarmist” and “less nuanced.”
Curveball was Germany’s codename for Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, an Iraqi defector who claimed to have built mobile weapons laboratories. President George W. Bush highlighted the claims in his 2003 State of the Union address.
Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, relied heavily on Curveball’s claims. “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. I will cite some examples, and these are from human sources.”
Powell went on to describe Janabi’s claims at length, concluding, “This defector is currently hiding in another country with the certain knowledge that Saddam Hussein will kill him if he finds him. His eyewitness account of these mobile production facilities has been corroborated by other sources.”
Years later, Curveball admitted he had completely fabricated his claims out of a desire to oust Saddam Hussein from power.
Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
CAN THE LEFT FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY TO MAKE UP SH*T ABOUT? Another Deep State hoax blown out of the water: Trump never briefed about Russian bounties —Herridge.
The other day, the New York Times was subtly and not so subtly promoting the claim that President Trump was standing callously by and coddling Russia’s Vladimir Putin even as Putin was busily offering the Taliban bounties for the bodies of dead U.S. servicemen. It was the old “Trump is a Russian agent” canard whipped out in a new form.
The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.
Heartless bastard, allowing Russia to pick off our men while he kaffeeklatsched with Putin and invited him to the G-7. Anything for his Russian master.
President Trump denied it. His acting director of National Intelligence at the time, Richard Grenell, denied it vehemently. Grenell’s disavowal of the leak of such “partial intelligence” was something I noted here. And for what it’s worth, even the Russians denied it.
But the Times pressed on with the claim and even did some additional reporting to claim that it had proof. The Guardian helped the Times along with a follow-up story beginning with “Outrage Mounts about…”
Fortunately, there was CBS’s Catherine Herridge, who batted back at the press at its own game — and found some pretty exculpatory backing for the Trump administration’s statements:
DEVELOPING: A senior intel official tells @CBSNews the GRU/Taliban bounty allegations were not contained in the President's Daily Brief (PDB) which is the highly classified, daily summary of national security issues delivered to the President, key cabinet secretaries + advisers..
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) June 28, 2020
talks with the Taliban, intel about a GRU operation involving the Taliban, targeting US forces would have risen to the level of inclusion in the PDB. @CBSNews
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) June 28, 2020
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