Friday, July 16, 2004
NPR on Iraqi-Niger yellow cake uranium (updated)
The NPR story also notes the conclusion of the Senate report that, contrary to public statements by Joseph Wilson, his CIA wife Valerie Plame “did play a role in his assignment to Niger.” This is important in how the Bush administration may spin the news on any grand jury determinations concerning her “outing” in the press.
The BBC is reporting that the ex-prime minister of Niger is denying any Iraq link.
Mr Mayaki denies allegations in the Senate report that he admitted meeting a delegation from Iraq in 1999. The report says that he expected to discuss uranium with the Iraqi delegation but managed to steer the conversation in another direction.
But Mr Mayaki now says he has no recollection of such a meeting, while he was in government from 1999-2001.
"I think this could be easily verified by the Western intelligence services and by the authorities in Niger," he said.
His faith in the Western intelligence services is heartwarming.