Friday, August 25, 2006

Adnan Ihsan Saheed al-Haideri


Ahmad Chalabi pushed a tainted case for war. Can he survive the occupation?


Issue of 2004-06-07
Posted 2004-05-29


On December 20, 2001, Judith Miller published a front-page story in the Times about an Iraqi engineer who claimed to have direct knowledge of twenty secret chemical-, biological-, and nuclear-weapons sites in Iraq. One site, he said, was hidden under a hospital. He also described tests of these prohibited weapons on live Kurdish and Shiite prisoners. Miller disclosed in her story that the I.N.C. had helped the engineer to leave Iraq, and had arranged the interview, and that the I.N.C.'s agenda was to overthrow Saddam Hussein. She also noted that U.S. officials were "trying to verify" the defector's claims. Despite these caveats, Miller reported that "experts said the information seemed reliable and significant." In a subsequent piece, she wrote that the same defector had given U.S. intelligence officials "dozens of highly credible reports on Iraqi weapons-related activity and purchases."

The defector's name is Adnan Ihsan Saheed al-Haideri. Since the war, neither U.N. weapons inspectors nor David Kay, a top U.S. weapons inspector, have found evidence to confirm his accounts. According to a recent Knight Ridder report, American officials escorted Haideri back to Iraq after the war, but he failed to locate any prohibited-weapons facilities. The I.N.C. reportedly provided Miller with the exclusive Haideri story three days after he had shown deception in a polygraph test administered by the C.I.A. at the request of the Defense Intelligence Agency.



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