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Iraq / Economic Sanctions, al-Numan / CIA Review #728984

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) U.N. vote ending economic sanctions against Iraq & its support of the US administration in Iraq until a new government is formed & the capture in Iraq of most-wanted Iraqi Aziz al-Numan† noted.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) CIA review of the accuracy of US intelligence reports about how urgent of a threat Iraq posed examined; details given of the absence of weapons of mass destruction, the lack of evidence tying Iraq to Al Qaeda or about Scud missiles. [December 3, 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD; February 5, Secretary of State Colin POWELL; March 6, President BUSH - say the US knows Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.] [ABCNews consultant Vince CANNISTRARO†- says the administration's intelligence community is embarrassed.] [Former deputy national security adviser Jim STEINBERG†- comments on the administration's characterizing of the meaning of intelligence.]

Gibson, Charles;
McWethy, John

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