4 Apr 2012

US source admits lying over Iraq's WMDs

7:39 am on 4 April 2012

An Iraqi scientist who the US described as its crucial source on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the war in 2003, has admitted he told lies.

The information from Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, code-named Curveball, was the main source for the evidence presented by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations Security Council.

In an interview with the BBC, Mr al-Janabi has admitted he made up all the crucial evidence.

General Powell admitted in 2007 that he had been misled in the lead-up to the Iraq war.