Joschka Fischer accuses former CIA chief George Tenet over his knowledge of Iraqi defector’s sketchy background
Helen Pidd in Berlin guardian.co.uk,
Thursday 17 February 2011 14.08 GMT
On Wednesday Tenet, the director of central intelligence between 1997 and 2004, issued a statement on his website saying he discovered “too damn late” that Curveball – the Iraqi defector who became a key source for the CIA and the German secret service (BND) – might be a fabricator.
Reprinting an extract from his autobiography, Tenet claimed he only found out in 2005, two years after the Iraq invasion, that the BND had doubts about Curveball’s claims to have witnessed first-hand Saddam Hussein’s bio-weapons programme.
Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence