report blocked after no WMD were found
John M Cox
coxj at email.unc.edu
Mon Sep 15 13:52:33 MDT 2003
September 15, 2003 11:13:57
U.S., Brits Block WMD Report?
Sept. 15, 2003
(CBS/AP) The publication of a full report on
Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction has
been indefinitely postponed after inspectors
found no evidence that any such weapons exist,
reports the Times of London.
The Times reports the decision by Britain and
America to delay the report's release comes after
efforts by the Iraq Survey Group, a team of 1,400
scientists, military and intelligence experts, to
search Iraq for the past four months to uncover
evidence of chemical or biological weapons ended
In July, David Kay, the survey group's leader,
suggested that he had seen enough evidence to
convince himself that Saddam Hussein had had a
program to produce weapons of mass
destruction. He expected to find "strong"
evidence of missile delivery systems and
"probably" evidence of biological weapons.
But last week British defense intelligence sources
confirmed that the final report, to be submitted by
Kay to CIA Director George Tenet, had been
delayed and may not necessarily even be
The United States and Britain invaded Iraq
because they believed Saddam's regime was
developing nuclear arms as well as chemical and
biological weapons. So far, no weapons of mass
destruction have turned up in Iraq, nor has any
solid new evidence for them been reported by
Washington or London.
Last week, in a confidential report obtained by
The Associated Press, the International Atomic
Energy Agency chief said U.N. inspectors found
Iraq's nuclear program in disarray and unlikely to
be able to support an active effort to build
Mohammed ElBaradei reiterated that his experts
uncovered no signs of a nuclear weapons
program before they withdrew from Iraq just
before the war began in March.
"In the areas of uranium acquisition,
concentration and centrifuge enrichment,
extensive field investigation and document
analysis revealed no evidence that Iraq had
resumed such activities," ElBaradei said in the
report, made available to the AP by a diplomat.
"No indication of post-1991 weaponization
activities was uncovered in Iraq," he said.
Former weapons inspectors now say, five months after the U.S. invasion,
that what the
U.S. alleged were "unaccountable" stockpiles may have been no more than
glitches left behind when Iraq destroyed banned chemical and biological
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