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Inquiry Faults Intelligence on Iraq

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is preparing a blistering report on prewar intelligence on Iraq that is critical of CIA Director George J. Tenet and other intelligence officials for overstating the weapons and terrorism case against Saddam Hussein, according to congressional officials. The committee staff was surprised by the amount of circumstantial evidence and single-source or disputed information used to write key intelligence documents — in particular the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate — summarizing Iraq’s capabilities and intentions, according to Republican and Democratic sources. Staff members interviewed more than 100 people who collected and analyzed the intelligence used to back up statements about Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear weapons capabilities, and its possible links to terrorist groups. Full Story

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