I thought exactly the same when I translated and posted this document on FR. However one freeper pointed it to me that that was not any top secret letter but rather an open letter by Saddam to satisfy UN requirement.
I still think its holds value and shouldnt be set aside. Was it confirmed? Was an official document with identical text ever found anywhere else? I would assume it can be found on the UN website if that were the case. Possibly a news story about it. Ill take a look.
I doubt it was a public letter. I cant find anything on the UN site reflecting this "open letter." It does say top secret on it and it isnt even in letter form. It is obviously an order form Saddam himself.
Either way, this should be confirmed , I'm suprised it was blown off so quickly. Even if it was made under pressure of inspections, he is basically confirmng that he had WMD production and research as of 2003. Either that, or he just completely strayed from his stance that he had nothing whatsoever to satisfy the UN. Then again, why top secret?