Skip to comments.French secret service 'kept CIA in the dark over Iraq and uranium'
Posted on 07/13/2003 5:14:06 PM PDT by Pokey78
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."
Yeah... it says so right there on your tattoo.
The group sound like they are in perfect harmony. That takes lots of practice together.
Boy, do I feel chastened. You're on a roll here though. Are you gonna hold your breath next?
Or maybe you'd like to enter into a real discussion ... which will no doubt end as it always does, with you calling people names. So on second thought, since we're already there, I guess I'll just thank you for saving us the time.
Of course it doesn't dawn on you that the only reason I posted on the thread at all, was as a result of Jim's doing exactly that.
That would be too much like unscripted thought.
(we now return you to your regularly scheduled "GOP pep rally while the Nation burns" program)
Why not put your money where your mouth is?
We only see the military actions, the arrests of cells, and the announcements of frozen bank accounts.
We do NOT see the intelligence reports, the private diplomatic communiques, the discussions off-camera between Blair and Bush at Camp David, etc.
Given that there is so much we don't know, I can only try to deduce events from the public perormances, and this, of course, is an imperfect way to draw conclusions about what's going on.
The behavior of the Fench over the last year has really sent some red flags up, as far as I am concerned. We will just have to wait and see what surfaces, I guess.
Ah yes... yet more lemming talk.
The only thing left is to call me a disruptor and ban me.
(and for the record I have donated considerably in the past... but will not be doing so in the future)
LOL!!!! You're touchy today.
Be your own man.
That's never been a problem for me. Is it a problem for you?
As an aside, if Bush has dirt on France and has information or even evidence on WMDs as I have seen/read, he has tremendous self control.
A part of me really would like to see the French hung out to dry on this.
He said, while elbowing others out of the way, for a prime spot in the shadow of the butt.
Have you donated he asks?
I am a proud supporter of the President, and I appreciate Jim's support, knowing as I do that he doesn't agree with all of the President's decisions, but cares more about the long-term health of the country and the judiciary.
I am sure that qualifies me as a sycophantic Bush-bot with no thought in my head, but there you have it!
I am now off to trim hedges for a couple of hours, so any answer you leave me will have a delayed reponse.
LOL!!! You've got the "can't tolerate criticism" part nailed....
Do you have any opinion on the article, or are you gonna sit around bitching?
Once again, I return you to the comments that brought me here.
See post 35 and 40 for negativity and insults.
Have a nice butt-smooching day.
ROTFLMAO!!!! You're awfully fixated on JimRob's butt. Is there something you want to tell us?
It is truly hard not to be, what with all of you people hanging off of it.
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