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U.S. evidence called forged
The Washington Post
March 8, 2003
WASHINGTON -- A key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program appears to have been fabricated, the UN's chief nuclear inspector said Friday in a report that called into question U.S. and British claims about Iraq's secret nuclear ambitions.
Documents that purportedly showed Iraqi officials shopping for uranium in Africa two years ago were deemed "not authentic" after careful scrutiny by United Nations and independent experts, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the UN Security Council.
Knowledgeable sources familiar with the forgery investigation described the faked evidence as a series of letters between Iraqi agents and officials in the central African nation of Niger. The documents had been given to the UN inspectors by Britain and reviewed extensively by U.S. intelligence. The forgers had made crude errors that eventually gave them away -- including names and titles that did not match up with the people who held office at the time the letters were purportedly written, the officials said.
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