For the Professional in Government, Industry and Academia with an interest in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Disarmament and Verification; Chemical and Biological Terrorism; Emergency and Disaster Medical Planning; Industrial Health and Safety; and Environmental Protection.

ASA 06-4, Issue No. 115, August 31, 2006

Ed.Note: Milton Leitenberg, noted for his reasoned, pragmatic approach to detailed analysis, provides excellent in-sight into the very serious questions and allegations concerning IraqÕs mobile biological production capacity. First published in SECRECY NEWS, an email publication of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, edited by Steven Aftergood, on 29 June 2006. Part 1 below is followed up with additional newly received information in short communications for Part 2 and Part 3 (pages 11 & 13).

Unresolved Questions Regarding US Government Attribution of a Mobile Biological Production Capacity by Iraq

by Milton Leitenberg

          On November 20, 2005, on April 11, 2006, and on June 25, 2006, three long stories appeared in the US press regarding the Iraqi informant codenamed "Curveball" and the information which contributed to the allegation of a mobile biological production capacity by Iraq.1 However, the largest and most detailed compendium of material regarding Curveball, the information that he provided, and its handling and interpretation by US intelligence officials appears in the Silberman-Robb Commission Report, The Report to the President of the United States by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.2 A second lengthy official source, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report, is unfortunately marred by numerous and lengthy deletions.3


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The BLIX WMDC Report:

Biological and Toxin Weapons Related Issues

by Graham S. Pearson

          The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC) was established at the end of June 2003 by the late Foreign Minister of Sweden, Anna Lindh, to create an independent international commission to examine how the world could tackle the problem of weapons of mass destruction. The Swedish Government invited Dr. Hans Blix to set up and chair the Commission.

          The mandate for the Commission was to identify desirable and achievable directions for international cooperation. It should present realistic proposals aimed at the greatest possible reduction of the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. These should comprise both short-term and long-term approaches and aim at preventing the further spread of weapons as well as at their reduction and elimination. The scope of the investigation should be comprehensive and include nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological weapons and the means of delivering them, as well as possible links between these issues and terrorists.

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an inside look at ASA 06-4

The Professional Library
CBMTS-Industry "Fourth World Congress"
Int'l China Biopharmaceutical Symposium


Lieutenant General David Poythress


Defense/Technology Against Chem Terrorism
CBMTS VI: A Review by John Hart
CBW Protection Symposium IX: Gothenburg
Two Toxicological Conferences in Asia
Focal Point News: Dr. Erasmus
Treatment & Disposal Caustic VX Hydrolysate
6th Finnish NBC Defence Symposium
Acambis Phase 2 MVA 3000 smallpox vac
EMD Pharmaceuticals NDA
Karcher Futuretech, Smith's, Novartis
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