President Bush Was Wrong on Iraq Evidence

Amid questions about who knew what about prewar intelligence, the White House has admitted that U.S. President George W. Bush was wrong when he said last January that Iraq had recently sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.


The White House acknowledgement came as a British parliamentary commission questions the reliability of British intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s alleged efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the war in Iraq.


Democrats in Congress also have questioned how the Bush administration used U.S. intelligence on Iraq’s weapons programs.


Bush said in his address to Congress in January that the British government had learned that Saddam recently sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.


The president’s statement in the state of the union was incorrect because it was based on forged documents from the African nation of Niger, White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer said yesterday.


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