US AND UK ADMIT LACK OF 'KILLER' PROOF
Julian Borger, Nick Paton-Walsh, Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian, 12/10/02:
The US and Britain lack "killer" intelligence that will prove conclusively that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, according to sources in London and New York.
"If we had intelligence that there is a piece of weaponry at this map reference, we would tell the inspectors and they would be there like a shot," a source said.
After handing over 12,000 pages of documentation to UN weapons inspectors, Iraq challenged the US and Britain to produce evidence that it still has weapons of mass destruction.
The US and Britain will insist the onus is on Iraq to prove that it has no weapons of mass destruction, as it claims, rather than for them to prove that it does. Whitehall sources yesterday stood by their claims that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and that this was "based not on what we say but on what we know".
But they said that passing the intelligence to the UN chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, would alert the Iraqis to the activities of US intelligence and might jeopardise its secret sources…