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SISMI has a “questionable track record”?

April 8, 2007

A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, Sismi, the Italian intelligence agency, had sent along information about the alleged sale of uranium to Iraq.

The reports officer had limited its distribution because the intelligence was uncorroborated; she was aware of Sismi’s questionable track record and did not believe the report merited wider dissemination.

Almost four months later, on Feb. 5, 2002, the CIA received more information from Sismi, including the verbatim text of one of the documents. The CIA failed to recognize that it was riddled with errors, including misspellings and the wrong names for key officials.

It remains unclear who fabricated the documents. Intelligence officials say most likely it was rogue elements in Sismi who wanted to make money selling them.