It has been 10 years since US led forces invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein. The reason behind the invasion was made crystal clear: Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Today, it is accepted that there were no such weapons. So where did the original evidence come from and why was it believed?
The Spies Who Fooled the World is a documentary that reveals how key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies.
Months before the Iraq war started, two highly-placed sources, close to Saddam Hussein talked secretly to the CIA and MI6. Their intelligence said Iraq did not have an active weapons of mass destruction programme, but it was simply dismissed by the two agencies.
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, “Curveball”, was reported to have who told the American and British spy agencies what they wanted to hear. He claimed that not only did Saddam have WMD, but he’d also constructed mobile germ factories on trucks, creating a potential hell on wheels.
In the aftermath of September 11, this testimony became the centrepiece in the case to justify the invasion. There was just one problem, the story was a fabrication.
When asked about his testimony: “The fact is that we went to war in Iraq on a lie, and that lie was your lie?” al-Janabi replied: “Yes.”