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Report: 'Curveball' Admits For First Time That He Lied About Iraq's WMD

"The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons program has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story," The Guardian reports.

It adds that:

"Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials ... has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime."

As NPR's Don Gonyea and Jackie Northam reported in 2005, "when Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the United Nations in February of 2003 — six weeks before the war began — some of the key elements in his controversial presentation were the result of information provided by Curveball."

Two years later, Curveball was outed as an unreliable source.

Now, he's told his story. And according to the Guardian, Janabi is "comfortable with what he did, despite the chaos of the past eight years and the civilian death toll in Iraq, which stands at more than 100,000."

"Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq," Janabi told the newspaper. "There were no other possibilities."

Secretary of State Colin Powell, at the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, holds up a vial that he said was the size that could be used to hold anthrax. Powell was warning that Iraq might have the capability to produce biological and chemical weapons. And some of the faulty intelligence the U.S. relied on was supplied by "Curveball." Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Colin Powell, at the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, holds up a vial that he said was the size that could be used to hold anthrax. Powell was warning that Iraq might have the capability to produce biological and chemical weapons. And some of the faulty intelligence the U.S. relied on was supplied by "Curveball."

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