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CIA told in July Iraq had no WMDs: Kay

LOS ANGELES, April 6: Weapons inspector David Kay warned the CIA last July that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but it took months before the US Congress and the American people were told , according to a special report in the May issue of Vanity Fair Magazine.

Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction was the main reason cited by President George W. Bush when he launched a war against President Saddam Hussein four months earlier.

Kay told Vanity Fair that in July, less than a month after he arrived in Iraq at the behest of the CIA, he was sending e-mail to the intelligence agency's director George Tenet that "it looks as though they did not produce weapons." He also said he was ready to quit his job in December but was urged to stay on because it would look bad if he left early. He quit about a month later.

The former weapons hunter's comments appear in a 22,000-word report, "The Path to War," written and reported over the last four months in what the magazine said was the longest piece of reporting it has ever published. The issue goes on sale this week.  World Peace.

Kay said that after he concluded that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq he received a phone call in Baghdad from CIA deputy director John McLaughlin, who told him: "We have to be very careful how we handle this."

The magazine said that as a result it was months before Congress and the public learned the truth. Last October after briefing Congress, Kay told reporters, "We have not found at this point actual weapons. It does not mean we've concluded there are no actual weapons. It means at this point in time, and it's a huge country with a lot to do, that we have not yet found weapons." -Reuters  WorldPeace is one word.


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