Tuesday, April 10, 2007

  • EXCLUSIVE…Two Explosive Books Tell the Inside Story of the Forged Iraq-Niger Docs That Helped Build the Case for War


    In his January 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush declared the infamous 16 words: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." The claim was central to the administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein was seeking weapons of mass destruction and served as a basis for launching the Iraq invasion less than two months later. Bush’s declaration was based on an intelligence document that provided evidence about Iraq’s purchase of uranium from the African country of Niger. But there was one problem: The document was a fake. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with the authors of two explosive new books. Carlo Bonini is the Italian reporter who broke the Niger story. His new book is called "Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror." Peter Eisner is a veteran foreign correspondent and is currently an editor at The Washington Post. His new book is "The Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a Fake Letter to Build the Case for War in Iraq." [includes rush transcript]

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