did this israeli claim come AFTER the anthrax letters became known?
yeah this has been bugging me. it seems to me that Israelis and Czech intelligence (although they may have been basing this on info from Israelis) said Atta met with Iraqi officials after the first anthrax attack happened. but there were reports that Atta was actually seen giving the Iraqis a vile of anthrax in prague which is obviously false. but all after the anthax attacks had occurred.
This in itself does not prove that they knew about the anthrax attacks before-hand. all it shows is that they wanted war with iraq and lied to help it happen.
Ry do you have a link for the claim from the Weekly Standard about Atta meeting with iraqis in prague on September 18th.
what I have found is this Associated Press report from September 18th. http://www.leadingtowar.com/PDFsources_ ... 8_AP.pdfon
the third page it states:
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the
United States has received information from a foreign intelligence
service that Mohamed Atta, a hijacker aboard one of the
planes that slammed into the World Trade Center, met
earlier this year in Europe with an Iraqi intelligence agent.
The raw intelligence came in since the attacks last Tuesday and
has not yet been corroborated by U.S. authorities, the official
if this information came from the Israelis then that it very damning. but it is said that the source was originally information the Czechs got from some Arab student who said he'd seen Atta in Prague.
supposedly this lays out the timeline of it all:http://www.leadingtowar.com/claims_facts_atta.php
if you look on Wikipedia here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_At ... connection
this states that Czech officals were backing off the claim of Atta meeting with Iraqi intelligence basically from the very beginning.
The story was first leaked to the Reuters news service on September 18, 2001. Without naming Prague, Reuters reported that "[r]ecent intelligence information received by the United States showed Atta had met with a representative of Iraqi intelligence this year". The report cited "U.S. government sources". On October 13, 2001, the story was leaked to Czech newspapers. The story was confirmed by the State Department. On October 20, the NY Times published a story by John Tagliabue saying Czech officials denied the meeting ever occurred. On October 26, Czech Republic Interior Minister Stanislav Gross responded by calling a press conference to officially state details reported regarding Atta's visit. On October 27, the New York Times published a story refuting its story of October 20.  Later the New York Times reported that Czech officials later backed off of the claim, first privately, and then later publicly after the paper conducted "extensive interviews with leading Czech figures."
but check this out:
In August 2002, Czech foreign intelligence chief František Bublan publicly backed away from the claim that Atta met al-Ani, saying that rumors of such meetings "have not been verified or proven." The Prague Post reported that "Bublan said that promoting a so-called 'Prague connection' between Atta and al-Ani might have been a ploy by U.S. policymakers seeking justifications for a new military action against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein."
Opposition leaders in the Czech Republic have publicly called this a failure on the part of Czech intelligence, and it is not clear that any Czech officials still stand by the story. In hopes of resolving the issue, Czech officials hoped to be given access to information from the U.S. investigation but that cooperation was not forthcoming. In May 2004, the Czech newspaper Právo speculated that the source of the information behind the rumored meeting was actually the discredited INC chief Ahmed Chalabi.
Ahmad Chalabi - PNAC's minion.
ok foudn this too: http://www.resisttyranny.com/pnac/web.a ... 102901.pdf
- Gary Schmitt, PNAC paper, from October 19 2001.