Saturday, July 23, 2005

Freedom of the Press--in the UK

It appears (thank you, Lord) that someone's looking into who forged the Niger documents. A UK Guardian story states:

"A parallel investigation is under way into who forged the Niger documents. They are known to have been passed to an Italian journalist by a former Italian defence intelligence officer, Rocco Martino, in October 2002, but their origins have remained a mystery. Mr Martino has insisted to the Italian press that he was "a tool used by someone for games much bigger than me", but has not specified who that might be.

"A source familiar with the inquiry said investigators were examining whether former US intelligence agents may have been involved in possible collaboration with Iraqi exiles determined to prove that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear programme."

Well duh. Too bad we had to learn of this "parallel investigation" from a UK paper.


  1. Well, for that matter, the Guardian ran a story a few weeks ago about how the CPA under Paul Bremer stole $20 billion, not _just_ $8.8 billion, from the Iraqi people.

    And Americans wonder why the Iraqis think that we're trying to steal their oil. Because we are?

  2. As Neil Young would say, that's very inneresting. I hadn't heard of the recent UK investigation into the Niger forgeriers... holycrappoly if they uncover US involvement.

    I'd read a while ago that a disgruntled diplomat or some-such person was thought to be behind the documents (motive unknown), but that the documents themselves were of such amatuerish make it had to be someone from outside the government. The seal was wrong, the person signing the document hadn't worked there in years...remember when Powell presented the documents to the UN, how the UN members reacted, with shock, and LAUGHTER by a few, because the documents were so clearly inauthentic?! Remember Powell's outburst at the WH before presenting the docs to the UN....

    What if the UK's investigation is the smoking gun re "fixed" intelligence?

  3. We've seen smoking guns in this White House before. I've seen all the "evidence" I need to draw my conclusions. RE all the WMD evidence and intelligence: nobody makes that many honest mistakes.