Last week the Financial Times reported that a key part of Great Britain’s intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s efforts to purchase uranium from Niger came from a European intelligence service that undertook a three-year surveillance of an alleged clandestine uranium-smuggling operation of which Iraq was a part.
Today’s Financial Times reports that a British government inquiry into the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq is expected to conclude that Britain’s spies were correct to say that Saddam Hussein’s regime sought to buy uranium from Niger: Inquiry will back intelligence that Iraq sought uranium.”
The great Hugh Hewitt recalls that Joseph Wilson’s CIA-commissioned trip to Niger was to look into the issue. Wilson investigated the issue poolside at his hotel in Niger and returned to cast aspersions on the good faith of the Bush adminstration. With the obligatory anti-Bush memoir, Vanity Fair profile, and fawning media publicity, Wilson has turned his incompetent investigation into a meal ticket.
There are several stories waiting to be told here, but I doubt that any of them will be covered in the media of record at any time soon. (Courtesy of Instapundit and No Left Turns.)
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