Looking Again at the Butler Report and the Uranium Claims
494. There was further and separate intelligence that in 1999 the Iraqi regime had also made inquiries about the purchase of uranium ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this case, there was some evidence that by 2002 an agreement for a sale had been reached.
Reached. It’s not that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger. It’s that they had closed a deal with Congo; presumably not shipped, but what does it matter for the case against Saddam? Why isn’t Blair, and the Bush administration, not shouting this from the rooftops?
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