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[casi] Caveats to Reported Iraq-Al Qaeda Nerve Agent Transfer (12 Dec 02)

Some may have read Barton Gellman, "U.S. Suspects Al Qaeda Got Nerve Agent
>From Iraqis", Washington Post, 12 December 2002,

As the article is long, readers may have missed some caveats:

"Like most intelligence, the reported chemical weapon transfer is not backed
by definitive evidence."

"Even authorized spokesmen, with one exception, addressed the report on the
condition of anonymity. They said the principal source on the chemical
transfer was uncorroborated, and that indications it involved a nerve agent
were open to interpretation."

Nathaniel Hurd
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