A short but utterly remarkable news blurb published March 22 in the Eugene Register Guard reads:
CIA officials now say they communicated significant doubts to the administration about the evidence backing up charges that Iraq tried to purchase uranium from Africa for nuclear weapons, charges that found their way into President Bush's State of the Union address, a State Department "fact sheet" and public remarks by numerous senior officals.
That evidence was dismissed as a forgery early this month by United Nations officialss investigating Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. The Bush administration does not dispute this conclusion.
Asked how the administration came to back up one of its principal allegations against Iraq with information its own itelligence service considered faulty, officials said all such assertions were carefully tailored to stay within the bounds of certainty. As for the State of the Union address, a White House spokesman said, "all presidential speeches are fully vetted by the White House staff and relevant U.S. government agencies for factual correctness."'
The story, appearing in the left hand bottom corner of page 6, has no attribution as to writer, but simply says, "From new service reports". So its unclear whether this is a maverick local reporter breaking form or a nationally distributed story. Whoever filled it had to be courageous.