'We know that Iraq has at least seven mobile, biological agent factories ...These are sophisticated facilities. For example, they can produce anthrax and botulinum toxin. In fact, they can produce enough dry, biological agent in a single month to kill thousands upon thousands of people.'
Remarks to the UN Security Council by Colin Powell, 5 February, 2003
BND President August Hanning wrote to CIA boss George Tenet on Dec. 20, 2002. The information provided by "Curveball," Hanning wrote, "was in essence judged as plausible and convincing, but it couldn't be confirmed."
"Curveball" is an Iraqi who lives quietly in southern Germany,with his wife and children. He will soon be a naturalised German citizen.
Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), gave the Bush administration critical , questionable information about Saddam's alleged mobile biological weapons laboratories which was derived from information that "Curveball" had supplied.
Their sole source was a quiet, slim and thoughtful Iraqi engineer educated in the West who had sought asylum in late 1999. He tells Lord Patel he was interviewed at least 50 times.
Lawrence Wilkerson, aide and now public apologist for Colin Powell says the BND "did not just send their information about Curveball as a chance operation. It was carefully considered what they sent to us, each and every word was weighed very carefully."
David Kay former US weapons inspector in Iraq criticises how BND handled "Curveball." Their rejection of CIA requests to be allowed to question "Curveball" directly, prevented a proper evaluation of what he was saying. "That was dishonest, unprofessional and irresponsible."
Yeah ... and the antics of Mr. Feith and the Stovepipe Gang was honest, professional and responsible . Mr Chalabi is a man of Honour , a model of integrity and probity. As was his Iraqi National Congress who introduced an Iraqi major, introduced to the Defence Intelligence Agency who claimed before the war that Iraq did have mobile laboratories.
Casting about for scapegoats, the CIA are about to unleash a storyboard of how "Curveball" fooled the BND ...... and how they fooled the CIA.... and why Colin Powell was primed to reveal to the waiting world the Winnebagos of Death.
Which turned out to be UK supplied trucks, made by Marconi to produce hydrogen for radio sounding balloons for use in artillery telemetry - Artillery Meteorological System or Amets for short in 1987 ... and for which Saddam never paid.