The Guardian has a story up today revealing that the man we all knew as “curveball,” the Iraqi defector who fed the Bush administration the crucial intel that led to our invasion of Iraq, has recently admitted to lying about the whole thing.
The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.
“Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,” he said. “They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”
As Oliver points out, if you have a tendency to shrug this off with a “so what the war is over and Saddam is gone” attitude it is worth noting that as a result of these lies, and the subsequent lies of the Bush administration, 4754 coalition soldiers (4436 of which were Americans) lost their lives in Iraq.