Iraq Intelligence

March 12, 2004

White House responds to Knight Ridder article

The following is a letter from Sean McCormack, spokesman for the president's National Security Council, in response to a March 3 story by Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and John Walcott of the Knight Ridder Washington bureau. The story said that the Bush administration's case that Saddam Hussein had ties to al-Qaida was based on even shakier intelligence than the claims he had large stocks of weapons of mass destruction. For your information, McCormack was asked for comment before the story was published, and the story was held for one day to give him time to respond. He did not do so at that time.

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