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Jonathan Owen: "Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all", The Independent, 01 April 2012.

 

Old news perhaps, but as we listen to reports of Syrian defector "Caesar" and his 55,000 photographs (whose provenance may, or may not, be questionable), let's pause to remember a previous defector: "Curveball." When Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi was seeking political asylum in Germany in 1999, he claimed that he had overseen the construction of a mobile biological laboratory in Iraq, a testimony that was later used in 2003 by Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State, at the UN Security Council to help make the case for the invasion of Iraq.

Later, however, "Curveball" admitted that it was all a lie; when the BBC said to him, "we went to war in Iraq on a lie, and that lie was your lie" his reply was "Yes."

Image source: "Here Comes the Curve" by Brady Withers on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0); resized.

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