ABC's Brian Ross unmasks 'Curveball'
Curveball, the Iraqi defector whose fabricated claims that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction were used by the administration in its case for war, remains in the protection of the German intelligence service, reports ABC News' Brian Ross.
Intelligence gathered from Curveball became the centerpiece of then Secretary of State Colin Powell's address to the United Nation, urging military action in Iraq. "It was almost that which made the whole case seem effective. It was just so dramatic," said Powell's chief of staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.
But a CIA official who headed European Operations at the agency, Tyler Drumheller, said that he warned both the State Department and the CIA that Curveball was a fabricator and lacked credibility. "We said, 'This is from Curveball. Don't use this,'" Drumheller revealed.
Brian Ross' report on ABC's World News Tonight can be watched below: