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Iraq War / Justification / Uranium Intelligence / Tenet #732905

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Poll findings on the view of Americans of the level of US casualties in Iraq & on whether President Bush's administration exaggerated evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction noted. Statement from CIA director George Tenet accepting the blame for the claim that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa, which made it into Bush's State of the Union, noted.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The issue of the intelligence that Iraq sought uranium from Africa re-examined. [In Africa, BUSH - says his speech was cleared by intelligence.] Statement from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice† about the Niger uranium information & Tenet's words about the information quoted. [June 8, RICE - comments on the intelligence report.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) Tenet's acceptance of blame, his relationship with Bush & the possibility he may have to resign discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The building of political pressure on Bush for his handling of the war in Iraq reviewed; details given about administration claims being questioned: whether Iraq had nerve gas materials & mobile biological labs. [Senator Joseph BIDEN - questions what the administration knew & what it said; states Bush needs to act to keep credibility.] [Representative Edward MARKEY†- criticizes Bush.] Senator Pat Roberts' charges that CIA people engaged in a campaign to discredit the president noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report that Iraq will form an interim government to share responsibility for running the country along with the US & Britain noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Raddatz, Martha;
Stephanopoulos, George;
Douglass, Linda

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