WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA on Monday denied a Newsweek
magazine report that Saddam Hussein's son-in-law told the U.S.
intelligence agency in 1995 that Iraq after the Gulf War
destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons and missiles
to deliver them.
"It is incorrect, bogus, wrong, untrue," CIA spokesman Bill
Harlow said of the Newsweek report's allegations that Hussein
Kamel told the CIA that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had
destroyed all of his weapons of mass destruction.
Newsweek said Kamel, who headed Iraq's nuclear, chemical,
biological and missile programs for 10 years, told CIA and
British intelligence officers and U.N. inspectors in the summer
of 1995 that Iraq had destroyed all its chemical and biological
weapons stockpiles after the 1991 Gulf War.
"We've checked back and he didn't say this," a British
government source told Reuters. "He said just the opposite,
that the WMD program was alive and kicking."
Harlow of the CIA said: "Newsweek failed to ask us this
Newsweek said Kamel had hoped his revelations would trigger
Saddam's overthrow, but when he realized the United States
would not support his dream of becoming Iraq's ruler, he chose
to return to Iraq where he was promptly killed.
The issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is
extremely sensitive at the moment because the United States is
building troops in the Gulf poised to invade Iraq on the
premise that Saddam has not been forthcoming about his alleged
biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programs.
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