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Thursday, August 07, 2003
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: "Remember Mahdi Obeidi? He's the Iraqi nuclear scientist who made headlines back in June when he turned over parts of a gas centrifuge for uranium enrichment and blueprints related to Iraq's pre-1991 nuclear weapons program. The parts of course were buried under a rosebush in his backyard. "
Well, according to that piece by Josh Marshall (go read it all, it's great), Obeidi thought he was going to get asylum in the US after turning over the centrifuge parts. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be going along with the fairy tale. He made the mistake of telling the AP that the infamous aluminum tubes were not part of anything nuclear, but were just (surprise!) parts for rockets. And now he's apparently telling the CIA that there weren't any WMDs, just like lots of the other Iraqis we have in custody. So instead of asylum in the US, he's effectively under house arrest in Kuwait.
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