American Samizdat

Tuesday, October 22, 2002. *
To say the evidence of an al Qaeda Iraq link was weak would be overstating the case and yet it has become weaker still. A little honesty about our reasons for a regime change, a changing regime, whatever the hell the current definition of is is, will I suspect not be forthcoming.

The Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has quietly told the White House he has concluded that there is no evidence to confirm earlier reports that Mohamed Atta, the leader in the Sept. 11 attacks, met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague just months before the attacks on New York and Washington, according to Czech officials.

Mr. Havel discreetly called Washington to tell senior Bush administration officials that an initial report from the Czech domestic intelligence agency that Mr. Atta had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer, Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, in Prague in April 2001 could not be substantiated.

posted by Norm at 3:51 PM
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