Monday, December 23, 2002

DEBKAfile is a website with versions in English and Hebrew which claims to have copies of memos from Powell to Blix sent over the past few days. The alleged memos make it sound like they are working closely together. Given the other accusations on the website about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction being hidden under hospitals and schools, it seems unlikely they were fabricated to discredit UN weapons inspector Blix as an American spy, and I can't think of any other reason for the magazine to fabricate these particular memos offhand - unless it was for quick cash or a headline story. An anti American source could have been trying to manipulate a magazine favoring war with Iraq by giving them a fake scoop too big to ignore. If they're real, the fact that Powell is trying to order Blix around doesn't mean Blix kowtows to him - perhaps Blix tries to placate him with noncommital comments which Powell interprets as submission.

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