TIMELINE UPDATE….In a story dated yesterday, AP reported that the CIA didn’t get hold of the forged Niger documents until after the State of the Union speech in January.
Today, the Washington Post reports that that isn’t quite right:
The State Department received copies of what would turn out to be forged documents suggesting that Iraq tried to purchase uranium oxide from Niger three months before the president’s State of the Union address, administration officials said.
The documents, which officials said appeared to be of “dubious authenticity,” were distributed to the CIA and other agencies within days, but the U.S. government waited four months to turn them over to United Nations weapons inspectors who had been demanding to see evidence of U.S. and British claims that Iraq’s attempted purchase of uranium oxide violated U.N. resolutions and was among the reasons to go to war. State Department officials could not say yesterday why they did not turn over the documents when the inspectors asked for them in December.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m having trouble keeping up with the changes to the party line. It seems to change hourly.