Iraq Intelligence

April 6, 2006

Bush approved leak of classified information about Iraq, Libby says, 4/6/06

President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheneys former top aide to divulge classified intelligence information to a New York Times reporter in an effort to defend the presidents decision to go war against Iraq, according to court papers made public Thursday. The court documents indicate that Bush and Cheney authorized the release of the intelligence information after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson wrote a July 6, 2003, op-ed piece charging that the administrations claim that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain uranium from Niger was false. Some intelligence agencies also disputed the White Houses allegation at the time, and it later proved to be false.

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