At the end of October, The Washington Post published a ground-breaking 3,200-word front-page story about Iraq’s prewar nuclear weapons program. Post reporter Bart Gellman‘s reporting provided painstaking detail and overwhelming evidence to reveal what David Kay’s inspectors have concluded (that Iraq had no WMD programs) but have been afraid to admit.
After the Post published Kay’s cagey rebuttal of the piece’s findings, without reply, given the Post‘s policy of not responding to letters about its stories, some readers concluded that the paper was acknowledging that Kay’s assertions letter were correct.
But, Gellman and the Post‘s editors say they stand by the story 100 percent, as Gellman’s convincing rebuttal to Kay–which was sent to “Iraq News,” a listserv run by neocon pundit Laurie Mylroie–strongly shows. Gellman’s letter, which we’ve reprinted below, should be widely circulated to counter a campaign underway–led by rightwing newspapers like the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post, internet columnists like Matt Drudge, and think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute–to discredit Gellman’s invaluable reporting and obscure the way the Bush Administration willfully deceived the American public.
Out of respect for you and the readership of Iraq News, I ask that you update a controversy you described in an earlier edition. It had to do with a story I wrote about the investigation of Iraq’s prewar nuclear weapons program. David Kay, who declined to provide any answers for that story, and Brig. Gen. Stephen Meekin, whom I quoted, wrote in challenge of what I reported. They said, in effect, that I rendered Meekin’s remarks incorrectly and that he was, in any case, neither involved in the WMD hunt nor qualified to pass judgments.