report blocked after no WMD were found

John M Cox coxj at
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 failure.

              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
weapons years

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