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"Bush Knew Iraq Info Was Dubious"

[We put the headline in quotes because the article does not indicate that President Bush himself was warned; it states that the CIA warned his National Security Council staff. AND, it notes that Colin Powell read the State of the Union Address before it was delivered. Amazingly, he says he understood it was cleared by the CIA. Yet he declined to cite the alleged uranium buy when he went to the UN on February 5th because he did not think the evidence was sufficiently strong. So, he had reason to warn the President but either failed to do so, or did so and he was ignored. What's clear is that he took careto cover himself on February 5th by not mentioning it. Are we to believe he did not mention it to the President? Presumably, as he was given the speech to review ahead of time, there was both opportunity for him to make recommendations and expectations that he would do so if he felt it was necessary.]

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2003

(CBS)ćSenior administration officials tell CBS News the PresidentÍs mistaken claim that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa was included in his State of the Union address -- despite objections from the CIA.

Traveling with the president in Africa, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Friday said that the CIA had cleared the reference to the attempted uranium purchase. [This paragraph was added after the original story was written. Good catch by Truthout - ]

Before the speech was delivered, the portions dealing with IraqÍs weapons of mass destruction were checked with the CIA for accuracy, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin.

CIA officials warned members of the PresidentÍs National Security Council staff the intelligence was not good enough to make the flat statement Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa.

The White House officials responded that a paper issued by the British government contained the unequivocal assertion: ńIraq has ... sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.î As long as the statement was attributed to British Intelligence, the White House officials argued, it would be factually accurate. The CIA officials dropped their objections and thatÍs how it was delivered.

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,î Mr. Bush said.

The statement was technically correct, since it accurately reflected the British paper. But the bottom line is the White House knowingly included in a presidential address information its own CIA had explicitly warned might not be true.

Today at a press conference during the PresidentÍs trip to Africa, Secretary of State Colin Powell portrayed it as an honest mistake.

"There was no effort or attempt on the part of the president or anyone else in the administration to mislead or to deceive the American people,î said Powell.

But eight days after the State of the Union, when Powell addressed the U.N., he deliberately left out any reference to Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa.

"I didnÍt use the uranium at that point because I didnÍt think that was sufficiently strong as evidence to present before the world,î Powell said.

That is exactly what CIA officials told the White House before the State of the Union. The top CIA official, Director George Tenet, was not involved in those discussions and apparently never warned the President he was on thin ice.

Secretary Powell said today he read the State of the Union speech before it was delivered and understood it had been seen and cleared by the intelligence community. But intelligence officials say the director of the CIA never saw the final draft.


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