Mohammed Harith and James Woolsey
Knight Ridder provides new details on how the administration distorted pre-war intelligence. In Feb. 2002, former CIA Director James Woolsey arranged for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to debrief the Iraqi National Congress provided defector Maj. Mohammad Harith. Harith's intelligence confirmed Curveball's claims regarding mobile biological weapons labs. His information has since been completely discredited as part of the tidal wave of false INC reports, attributed to INC coaching.
Woolsey is now profiting from the war.
The Guardian's David Rose's gushing initial article on Harith, published in Vanity Fair in May 2002, is posted on this listserv. The Columbia Journalism Review recently highlighted Rose's role in disseminating Harith's misinformation. Rose half apologized for the credulous reporting. For examples:
- Iraq 'behind US anthrax outbreaks'
- The case for tough action against Iraq
- A blind spot called Iraq
- US turf wars betray the Iraqis