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Niger says Iraq tried to buy uranium (FLASHBACK) (Niger-France-Iraq link?)
AfricaOnLine ^ | Dec. 29, 2002 | AP

Posted on 07/14/2003 3:07:24 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Officials of the central African country of Niger say two decades ago Iraq tried to buy uranium but the request was rebuffed.

NIAMEY: Niger's Prime Minister Hama Hamadou says in the 1980s, Baghdad did not get a favourable response from the then president of Niger, Seyni Kountche.

Last week, the United States accused Iraq of trying to buy uranium from Niger to produce nuclear weapon. Niger is the third leading supplier of mined uranium in the world. It says it sells the mineral mainly to just three countries - France, Japan and Spain.

Enriched uranium is the key element of nuclear weapons.

Two other African countries, Namibia and South Africa, are also among the world's 16 nations with rich uranium supplies.

The World Nuclear Association lists Canada, Australia, Niger, Namibia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, United States, South Africa, China, Ukraine, Czech Republic, India, France, Romania and Spain as countries that supply uranium.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africa; france; iraq; niger; saddam; uranium
1. Niger's Prime Minister admits, as FACT, that Iraq tried to buy uranium from them some 20 years ago. Iraq is the world's 3rd largest supplier of Uranium. So it's not at all unreasonable to expect that Iraq may have been trying to get uranium from them at other times, including recently.

2. Note that Niger sells uranium to FRANCE! How interesting that the French refused to share info with the UK & US about the possible recent attempt by Saddam to acquire uranium from Niger.

Could the reason be that France was collaborating with Iraq in trying to help them get the uranium and by disclosing some intelligence, France would incriminate themselves?

I hope someone really digs into this.

1 posted on 07/14/2003 3:07:25 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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2 posted on 07/14/2003 3:09:01 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: FairOpinion
OOOPs!! Could it be that by exposing this we are exposing the France (Dem allies) connection to Iraqi WMD's?

Somebody should have done their homework on this one.
3 posted on 07/14/2003 3:14:43 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Once a soldier, always a soldier. They enemies of freedom never rest.)
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To: Gabrielle Reilly
read later.
4 posted on 07/14/2003 3:16:10 PM PDT by Gabrielle Reilly
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To: FairOpinion
Does anyone notice now it seems that Niger is no longer pronounced Niger, its become Nisheeer. When did the media up and decide to do this.
5 posted on 07/14/2003 3:17:49 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
It also gets more interesting. I found another recent article from The Guardian, where they tell us, what is the basis of the claim that the original claim is false:

"The CIA asked a retired diplomat to investigate the reports. The diplomat went to Niger in February 2002 and spoke with officials who denied having any uranium dealings with Iraq."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2783607,00.html

In other words: We got intelligence reports that Iraq is seeking uranium from Niger, so we send some DIPLOMAT(!!!) to ASK the Nigerian officials: "Hey, guys, did you try to sell uranium to Saddam", and of course, what do you think they will say, except "Oh, no, we never heard of any of this". Then the "diplomat" says "Thank you", comes home and announces the intelligence reports are false.

The one thing I can't fathom, what was the CIA thinking sending a diplomat to ask the Nigerian officials, whether they are in cahoots with Saddam, then takes their word, when they say no.
6 posted on 07/14/2003 3:23:50 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Husker24
I think they are using the French prononciation.
7 posted on 07/14/2003 3:24:41 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Husker24
"Does anyone notice now it seems that Niger is no longer pronounced Niger, its become Nisheeer. When did the media up and decide to do this."

I'd sure like to hear ol' KKK Byrd try and pronounce this...

8 posted on 07/14/2003 3:33:54 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (Hey Bobby Byrd....say this word..........NIGER............)
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To: Husker24
Does anyone notice now it seems that Niger is no longer pronounced Niger, its become Nisheeer. When did the media up and decide to do this.

Yes..Rush was saying the Niger sounds too close to the N word...so Nisheeer is now the politically correct pronunciation.

I think it sounds like a really stupid..sounds someone speaking with a fake accent.

9 posted on 07/14/2003 3:38:37 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: FairOpinion; All
Niger: Iraq Asked for Uranium in 1980s
10 posted on 07/14/2003 3:38:45 PM PDT by knighthawk (We all want to touch a rainbow, but singers and songs will never change it alone. We are calling you)
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To: FairOpinion
Word may be out that stuff has been found in Iraq and the lying liberals and their conspirators worldwide want to know exactly what has been found.

Using a mole to stir the pot of so called fraud may be their method of trying to force the administration to tell the secrets that the lying liberals don't know yet.
11 posted on 07/14/2003 3:46:40 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: FairOpinion; Miss Marple; Howlin; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER
Most interesting article! (And some great comments too.)
12 posted on 07/14/2003 4:00:42 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: FairOpinion
"Two other African countries, Namibia and South Africa, are also among the world's 16 nations with rich uranium supplies."

From The Guardian September 25th 2002 -

"In the 1980s South Africa's apartheid rulers built several nuclear bombs and, according to a BBC investigation, a year before halting the weapons programme in 1989 they traded enriched uranium with Saddam Hussein.

The BBC cited an anonymous South African intelligence official who said that Washington, which favoured Saddam at the time, approved the deal. "About 50kg were sold to the Iraqis. The Americans gave the green light for the deal," the official was quoted as saying."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,798497,00.html

There ius a bunch of Iraq / Africa uranium info in this article.
13 posted on 07/14/2003 4:01:49 PM PDT by Weimdog
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To: Jorge
Thanks Merriam-Webster

Main Entry: Ni·ger

Alternate - Ni·ger·ois

14 posted on 07/14/2003 4:03:09 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (Hey Bobby Byrd....say this word..........NIGER............)
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To: FairOpinion
Let's face it, Niger is not going to admit that it sold uranium to Saddam.
15 posted on 07/14/2003 4:12:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: MizSterious; Only1choice____Freedom
Most interesting article! (And some great comments too.)

Inasmuch as it was the FRENCH who helped Iraq build the Osirik nuclear reactor, which the Israelis correctly bombed into oblivion, I think the FRENCH CONNECTION here, bears some very close scrutiny.

16 posted on 07/14/2003 4:15:38 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Dues paying member of the vast right wing conspiracy)
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To: Husker24
...its become Nisheeer. When did the media up and decide to do this.

East coast lib'rals--the same people that pronounce Nevada, "Nevahda". The correct thing to do is to find out how Nigerians pronounce the name of their country, but that's asking too much of media lib'rals--they know better than those unwashed heathens.

17 posted on 07/14/2003 4:18:56 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: FairOpinion
When did this nation stop being Nigeria and start being Niger? And why?
18 posted on 07/14/2003 4:31:09 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: FairOpinion
I think My President is waiting for the right time to Nuke The French, The Democrats and The Mainstream Media! ...All at the same time with classified information on the France-Iraq weapons connection!

...remember, that french guy and the shoe-shine boy are hommies!

19 posted on 07/14/2003 4:37:54 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Jorge
"I think it sounds like a really stupid..sounds someone speaking with a fake accent"

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Just about. It's the same way that some people trying to make "Target" stores sound classier by pronouncing it the French way. Same with Niger.
20 posted on 07/14/2003 4:40:42 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: John Jorsett
When did this nation stop being Nigeria and start being Niger? And why?

It didn't. Niger and Nigeria are two separate nations; the former was originally a French colony, the latter was part of the British Empire. Both achieved independence in 1960.

21 posted on 07/14/2003 4:52:50 PM PDT by derlauerer (The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice-versa.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Maybe we should be looking into the Dem financing for French payments as well as Saddam's?
22 posted on 07/15/2003 8:45:42 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Once a soldier, always a soldier. They enemies of freedom never rest.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Read yesterdays article in The Telegraph (U.K.). re: French Secret Service and the Uranium.

Niger was a French colony. A French mining company runs the Uranium mines, and that company answers to the French Atomic Energy Commision.

The French Secret Service gave the Iraqi information to the British MI6. Thats why the Brits are standing behind the story.

The rules of cooperation between the French and British stipulate that, in this case, the French must give the MI6 permission to pass on the report. They have not/will not give MI6 permission to pass it to the CIA. So CIA has no official paper report to back up the claim of the Iraqi attempt to buy the uranium, only hearsay. So, CIA can't stand behind the story - officially. But everyone knows what really happened.

IMO, it's the French again. They are sitting back and laughing at the media giving it good to G.W.

23 posted on 07/15/2003 9:16:34 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Only1choice____Freedom; Grampa Dave; Liz; MizSterious; PhiKapMom; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Maybe we should be looking into the Dem financing for French payments as well as Saddam's?

Good question, Ketchup Boy Kerry has particularly Francophile tendencies.

Everybody check out muleskinner's post #23, it's a great one.

24 posted on 07/15/2003 10:09:14 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Dues paying member of the vast right wing conspiracy)
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To: muleskinner
The Brits still insist the story is true.

If it is and it is verified, GW will have to retract his retraction.

More ammo?
25 posted on 07/15/2003 10:52:38 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Once a soldier, always a soldier. They enemies of freedom never rest.)
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To: FairOpinion
...and Jacque Penne's?
27 posted on 07/15/2003 11:26:18 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: MizSterious
Another excellent article full of facts and information:

"Let them eat yellowcake"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/946586/posts
28 posted on 07/15/2003 11:39:49 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: muleskinner
"Read yesterdays article in The Telegraph (U.K.). re: French Secret Service and the Uranium."

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Excellent article.
Thanks for mentioning it.

Here is the link and copy of the article for others who missed it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$NQRIUVE5011OJQFIQMGSFFOAVCBQWIV0?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F07%2F14%2Fwdoss114.xml


French secret service 'kept CIA in the dark over Iraq and uranium'
By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent
(Filed: 14/07/2003)


The French secret service is believed to have refused to allow MI6 to give the Americans "credible" intelligence showing that Iraq was trying to buy uranium ore from Niger, US intelligence sources said yesterday.

MI6 had more than one "different and credible" piece of intelligence to show that Iraq was attempting to buy the ore, known as yellowcake, British officials insisted. But it was given to them by at least one and possibly two intelligence services and, under the rules governing cooperation, it could not be shared with anyone else without the originator's permission.

US intelligence sources believe that the most likely source of the MI6 intelligence was the French secret service, the DGSE. Niger is a former French colony and its uranium mines are run by a French company that comes under the control of the French Atomic Energy Commission.

A further factor in the refusal to hand over the information might have been concern that the US administration's willingness to publicise intelligence might lead to sources being inadvertently disclosed.

US sources also point out that the French government was vehemently opposed to the war with Iraq and so suggest that it would have been instinctively against the idea of passing on the intelligence.

British sources yesterday dismissed suggestions of a row between MI6 and the CIA on the issue. However, they admitted being surprised that George Tenet, the CIA director, had apologised to President George W Bush for allowing him to cite the British government and its claim that Saddam had sought to acquire uranium from Africa in his State of the Union speech last October.

The apology follows the International Atomic Energy Authority's dismissal of documents given to it by the CIA, which purported to prove the link, as fakes.

Those documents have been widely identified with last September's British dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, which said Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium ore from an unnamed country in Africa.

British officials admitted that the country was Niger but insisted that the intelligence behind it was genuine and had nothing to do with the fake documents. It was convincing and they were sticking with it, the officials said.

They dismissed a report from a former US diplomat who was sent to Niger to investigate the claims and rejected them. "He seems to have asked a few people if it was true and when they said 'no' he accepted it all," one official said. "We see no reason at all to change our assessment."

The fake documents were not behind that assessment and were not seen by MI6 until after they were denounced by the IAEA. If MI6 had seen them earlier, it would have immediately advised the Americans that they were fakes.

There had been a number of reports in America in particular suggesting that the fake documents - which came from another intelligence source - were passed on via MI6, the officials said. But this was not true.

"What they can't accuse MI6 of doing is passing anything on this to the CIA because it didn't have the fake documents and it was not allowed to pass on the intelligence it did have to anyone else."


Michael Smith's new book The Spying Game, which examines the intelligence behind the September dossier, is published by Politico's.


29 posted on 07/15/2003 11:44:28 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
The French apparently did share the info with the British, just not with us.
30 posted on 07/15/2003 2:09:43 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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