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I took part in meetings between Paris and Washington. Well. If I said one thing was `possible' that word became `probable' in Tenet's words".

Indeed. And I will add one point that connects the article to a chapter in the Wilson affair: the Senate Whitewash Report's claim (based on the claim of an unnamed intel official) that the only noted part of Wilson's report was another info on Iraqi intent to buy Uranium. First the relevant part in the article:

The CIA knocked on our door once again, with the story of the uranium, only in late spring 2002. The end of April, I would say, beginning of
May...

In  Niger the Dgse men found nothing at all, nothing different from what already found by ex Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whom the CIA had sent to Njamey in February....

On the other hand, we knew the reason of the journey of Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See, Wissam Al Zahawie.

As for the detail on Wilson's trip: as I explained to wchurchill earlier, Wilson was sent to investigate information that referred to the February 1999 visit of the Iraqi Ambassador to the Vatican, but the info the Senate report references was something from the summer of 1999. At that time, the then PM of Niger met an Iraqi businessman who told him about a planned visit of an Iraqi delegation to Niger, and later, he shared with Wilson his speculation that that visit would be about purchasing uranium. (The Whitewash Report fails to mention that no such visit even took place.)

Now, my point: even tough Wilson disproved the Iraqi Ambassador's 1999 visit connection, and some unnamed intel spinmeister took note of a later visit that never happened, two months later the French were asked not about the latter, but about the Ambassador's visit! Someone was collecting and funneling intel in rather strange ways at the CIA...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 1st, 2005 at 01:51:29 PM EST
I've always had my doubts about this passage in the SSCI report. The bottom line is that it's based on the testimony of Mayaki. From what I have been able to gather from other sources is this:

The Niger Minister of Mines in the year 2000, Yahaya Baaré, declared that during the transition government in 1999, a country « that was not Iraq » tried unsuccessfully to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger. Also, two Nigerien businessmen who resided abroad contacted the Ministry as intermediaries with the proposal to buy uranium for a nation that presumably had not signed all of the conventions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The identity of this third-party nation has not been revealed.

I do not know if this testimony syncs with Mayaki's. The timeline is the same.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Dec 1st, 2005 at 07:14:32 PM EST
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The bottom line is that it's based on the testimony of Mayaki.

A testimony only about his own speculation. Which should have not been taken as proof of anything.

a country « that was not Iraq » tried unsuccessfully to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger.

Apparently, that country was Iran. At least I read an article somewhere (I quoted the info to wchurchill) about what Wiklson reported, and it references another Nigerien official, one Mai Manga, saying so. (Had the intel process not been corrupted, an analyst would conclude that Manga's willingness to talk about Iran's attempt at purchase reinforces the truthfulness of his denial that Iraq has attempted such.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 04:19:40 PM EST
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Iran has been indicated as the most likely country.

Keep in mind that it is most likely not the same country the two Nigerien expats purportedly represented. To the best of my knowledge, Iran had signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaties, perhaps not all, but that would need some fact checking.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 05:21:29 PM EST
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