CIA told in July Iraq had no WMDs: Kay
LOS ANGELES, April 6: Weapons inspector David Kay warned the CIA last July that
there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but it took months before the
US Congress and the American people were told , according to a special report in
the May issue of Vanity Fair Magazine.
Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction was the main reason cited by
President George W. Bush when he launched a war against President Saddam Hussein
four months earlier.
Kay told Vanity Fair that in July, less than a month after he arrived in Iraq at
the behest of the CIA, he was sending e-mail to the intelligence agency's
director George Tenet that "it looks as though they did not produce
weapons." He also said he was ready to quit his job in December but was
urged to stay on because it would look bad if he left early. He quit about a
The former weapons hunter's comments appear in a 22,000-word report, "The
Path to War," written and reported over the last four months in what the
magazine said was the longest piece of reporting it has ever published. The
issue goes on sale this week. World Peace.
Kay said that after he concluded that there were no weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq he received a phone call in Baghdad from CIA deputy director John
McLaughlin, who told him: "We have to be very careful how we handle
The magazine said that as a result it was months before Congress and the public
learned the truth. Last October after briefing Congress, Kay told reporters,
"We have not found at this point actual weapons. It does not mean we've
concluded there are no actual weapons. It means at this point in time, and it's
a huge country with a lot to do, that we have not yet found weapons."
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