Numerous sources are reporting that secret US documents released by Wikileaks have revealed that George W. Bush was right about Iraq having WMDs prior to invasion by US forces. However, the documents cited by the reports are not directly obtainable from the Wikileaks web site because of denial of service and domain shutdowns in the ongoing cyber war between US intelligence and DOD sources and the Wikileaks hackers and supporters.
Until now, any evidence of WMD and yellow cake Uranium has been explained away as low grade and in small quantities or just not pickled up by the mainstream media. However, Brian Murphy of the Associate Press reported in July of 2008 that the US secretly shipped 550 metric tons (1.2 million pounds) of yellowcake as part of a sale to Canada in an effort to keep it out of the hands of insurgents.
The Yellowcake was explained away as being left over from an Iraqi nuclear reactor that was bombed by the Israelis in 1981 and had been later was documented and inspected by UN inspectors. It was stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. However, it was after the fall of Saddam in the second Gulf War and looters started stealing the drums for drinking water that US forces seized the yellow cake and kept it under guard until the shipment.
Questions were asked as to why Iraq never tried to sell the highly valuable yellow cake when it was in bad need of money before the war, but that is where the Wikileaks documents provide the answers as well as more information about chemical weapons that has surfaced. They also are alleged to give credibility that Iraq did seek to buy more yellow cake from Nigeria despite the infamous claims of Joe Wilsons to the contrary.
According to a 2006 Wikileaks released report, U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, captured insurgents who were experts in the creation of toxins, and uncovered nerve agent chemical weapons that had been smuggled into Iraq from Iran. However, this is not the only source that is known of the agents. The Iraqis produced their own and used them during the Iraq Iran War, but they were supposed to have been destroyed as part of the cease fire agreement from the 1991 Gulf War.
These reports would also be in keeping with numerous discoveries of nerve agents and blister agents that Iraq possessed that they claimed did not exist and were reported to have been destroyed under the terms of the cease-fire that ended the 1991 Gulf War. In one case, as many as 14 individual 55-gallon drums of the agents were discovered by U.S. soldiers about 40 miles north of Tikrit. While some claim that 770 gallons of chemical weapons is not much, the fact that nearly 4 tons out of a total of 795 tons of nerve gas that was documented as being produced by Iraq is a major find.
When you consider that a few ounces of nerve gas properly dispersed can kill thousands of people, it does not take long to figure out that these agents were being hidden until the heat was off from the United States so that further development of delivery systems and use by terrorists groups could be made. The same goes for the yellowcake and the nuclear processing capabilities according to the captured experts.
Nerve agents are a stronger form of the same types of chemicals in bug spray. In fact, US forces sometimes train for nerve agent detection by spraying a short blast of Raid insect killer 25 yards upwind of chemical detectors to set the detectors off.
This is not the only discovery of Iraqi chemical weapons that has come to light. Several unnamed sources in the US military have reported that old news reports about a truck from Syria that was stopped inside Saudi Arabia by Saudi forces that contained several chemical artillery rounds did not report all the facts. They allege that the lot numbers on the rounds matched lot numbers of Iraqi rounds recorded in Iraqi records. These sources go on to say that there is credible proof that exists that Iraq sent convoys of trucks loaded with WMDs to Syria before the Second Gulf War and that these rounds were suspected as being part of those shipments.
No matter where one stands on the Wikileaks document dumps, the truth about Iraq's WMDs will never convince some people. Unfortunately, these are the same people still arguing over who is responsible for pulling off 9/11.
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