Iraqi Defector Admits Lying About WMD Claims


powellColin Powell dramatically made the Bush administration’s case for invading Iraq at United Nations just over eight years ago. During that presentation, Powell claimed that Saddam Hussein was hiding a secret biological weapons program, relying on information that came from an Iraqi defector code-named “Curveball.”The U.S news media barely challenged Powell’s claims that day, with political pundits and columnists largely praising the former secretary of state’s methodical performance. Of course, Powell’s weapons evidence has been proven bogus in the years since the invasion.

But until now, the man who made the false claims to German intelligence officials–later seized upon by the Bush administration–hasn’t admitted what seemed apparent after WMDs weren’t found in Iraq: he lied.

CBS News first identified Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi as “Curveball” in a 2007 investigation of “one of the deadliest con jobs of our time.” Although U.N. inspectors found no evidence to back up al-Janabi’s claims of a biological weapons program, the Bush administration still relied on the bogus evidence to start a war that’s led to over 100,000 deaths.

So why did al-Janabi do it?

In interviews with the Guardian newspaper, al-Janabi spoke about how he sought asylum in Germany and wanted to see an end to Hussein’s brutal regime in his homeland.

“Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,” al-Janabi said in his exclusive interview with The Guardian newspaper. “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.”

Al-Janabi said he gets sad when hearing about anyone killed in Iraq, but questions whether there was another solution to ending the Hussein regime.

“Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq,” he told The Guardian. “There were no other possibilities.”



  1. My guess is there is a strong corelation between those who believe that there were WMD’s, and have comeup with all sorts of bizzare illogical explanations for why they havent been found, and the “birthers” The once great republican party has sadly become full of loons who beleive all sorts of nonsense no matter how far-fetched or even non-sensical they may be.

  2. You have to take into account the source of this news. It’s probably a liberal trying to discredit Pres Bush.
    We also went to war with Iraq as payback for 9-11, didn’t we???

  3. oops, I’d better learn my facts better. My husband told me it wasn’t because of 9/11. Oh well, I still think we were right for fighting the Iraqis.

  4. it is proven in the assossiate press that Saddam Hussein moved it’s reactors to Iran once the threat of American retaliation.
    Saddaam Husein would move from underground bucker to the underground mansion that he lived in and would hire impersonators for himself for fear of being killed.
    It was a moment of irony when Americans found him scared and dissheveled inside a hole in the ground.
    May he Rot and suffer in the ground now!!
    The cruel liberal media is fabricating this story that some informer lied about mass destructive reactors when in fact Husein had them and then his them underground in a neighboring country.IN fact Hussens scientist had admitted it at the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Would someone please get this straight?

    Sadam was a Sunni Mulsim. The Iranians are Shi’ite Muslims. Sadam hated the Shi’ites and actually conducted genocide (with nerve gas) against Shi’ite villages. Much of the violence in post-Sadam Iraq has been Sunni killing Shia and vice versa.

    Iran and Sadam’s Iraq fought an eight-year border war. Collaboration between Sadam and Iraq was about as likely as Rush Limbaugh and George Soros going partners on a radio station.