February 15, 2011
An Iraqi defector, codenamed Curveball, who allegedly helped convince the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had a secret stash of biological and chemical weapons, has admitted for the first time that he made it all up.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told The Guardian that he invented the stories to help topple Saddam Hussein, but was shocked when the US used tales as an excuse to go to war.
“I did that for a number of reasons,” he said. “Firstly because of my people, the Iraqi people. The old regime was a dictatorship and that caused a lot of problems for our country.”