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Former aide: Powell WMD speech 'lowest point in my life'

Friday, August 19, 2005; Posted: 1:04 p.m. EDT (17:04 GMT)


Manage Alerts | What Is This? (CNN) -- A former top aide to Colin Powell says his involvement in the former secretary of state's presentation to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "the lowest point" in his life.

"I wish I had not been involved in it," says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a longtime Powell adviser who served as his chief of staff from 2002 through 2005. "I look back on it, and I still say it was the lowest point in my life."

Wilkerson is one of several insiders interviewed for the CNN Presents documentary "Dead Wrong -- Inside an Intelligence Meltdown." The program, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, pieces together the events leading up to the mistaken WMD intelligence that was presented to the public. A presidential commission that investigated the pre-war WMD intelligence found much of it to be "dead wrong."

Powell's speech, delivered on February 14, 2003, made the case for the war by presenting U.S. intelligence that purported to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Wilkerson says the information in Powell's presentation initially came from a document he described as "sort of a Chinese menu" that was provided by the White House.

"(Powell) came through the door ... and he had in his hands a sheaf of papers, and he said, 'This is what I've got to present at the United Nations according to the White House, and you need to look at it,'" Wilkerson says in the program. "It was anything but an intelligence document. It was, as some people characterized it later, sort of a Chinese menu from which you could pick and choose."

Wilkerson and Powell spent four days and nights in a CIA conference room with then-Director George Tenet and other top officials trying to ensure the accuracy of the presentation, Wilkerson says.

"There was no way the Secretary of State was going to read off a script about serious matters of intelligence that could lead to war when the script was basically un-sourced," Wilkerson says.

In one dramatic accusation in his speech, Powell showed slides alleging that Saddam had bioweapons labs mounted on trucks that would be almost impossible to find.

"In fact, Secretary Powell was not told that one of the sources he was given as a source of this information had indeed been flagged by the Defense Intelligence Agency as a liar, a fabricator," says David Kay, who served as the CIA's chief weapons inspector in Iraq after the fall of Saddam. That source, an Iraqi defector had never been debriefed by the CIA, was known within the intelligence community as "Curveball."

After searching Iraq for several months across the summer of 2003, Kay began e-mailing Tenet to tell him the WMD evidence was falling apart. At one point, Wilkerson says, Tenet called Powell to tell him the claims about mobile bioweapons labs were apparently not true.

"George actually did call the Secretary, and said, 'I'm really sorry to have to tell you. We don't believe there were any mobile labs for making biological weapons,'" Wilkerson says in the documentary. "This was the third or fourth telephone call. And I think it's fair to say the Secretary and Mr. Tenet, at that point, ceased being close. I mean, you can be sincere and you can be honest and you can believe what you're telling the Secretary. But three or four times on substantive issues like that? It's difficult to maintain any warm feelings."


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Yeap, the focking Bush camp is falling apart. Think they realize the public finally see the light of their lies and deceits, and afraid to be burnt on the stick? It sounds like "war crime" is looking more and more plausible as gas price hits the roof, along with more U.S. troop deaths. OBL is nowhere in sight, and the whole Europe is on pins and needles. Yeap, the Shrub's massing with the honest nest may finally do him it. And the pr!ck is on vacation in Crawford.

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CNN is broadcasting this story tonight on a special. I bet the news is going to be interesting tomorrow. I hope things are getting like Watergate - the human beings involved in the utter immorality of it all finally get disgusted with themselves and start telling the truth. Maybe Powell is about to become "John Dean II".

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I heard a caller on a talk show today say he was disgusted with the whole thing because Bush has created a world where the President of the US can plausibly be called a murderer and his chief aides are becoming widely believed to be traitors and liars. Just the idea that a President can come under that kind of attack is viscerelly disgusting. The damage Bush is doing to our image as a country is so deep it may never be repaired.

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The leftist media will stop at nothing to discredit this president. We'll see who gets the last laugh when martial law gets declared.

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R U really that dense? When the Shrub's hosue of cards come crumbling down, see who has the last laught?

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You, sir, are an enemy of the state!

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This is going to be a big one - Powell is saying that a US Secretary of State was given false information KNOWINGLY by Bush and his cronies. If the Dems get in, this alone could be grounds for impeachment that would stick. It is obvious these guys would stop at nothing to invade Iraq, and played old Colon like a chumpass.

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Would you point out to me were there is any quotes from Powell
I see a lot of quotes from an aid but it’s irrelevant for him to
speak for some one else.
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What's it going to take for the Democrats to grow a spine and start calling Bush out? I am so completely disgusted and outraged by this whole sordid story, how the hell can this little shrub POS continue?

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