Sharpton: New declassified document undermines Cheney’s claim of Iraqi connection to 9/11

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By Aliyah Shahid

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s December 2001 claim of a proven link between the Hussein regime and the 9/11 plotters has been proven false by declassified documents, Al Sharpton reported on Thursday’s PoliticsNation.

What’s more, Cheney most likely knew the claim was false when he repeated it.

During a December, 2001 Meet the Press appearance, Cheney claimed it was “pretty well confirmed” that Mohamed Atta—one of the 9/11 hijackers—had visited Prague months before the attack, to meet with a consul at Prague’s Iraqi embassy. He repeated the claim in September 2003.

The National Security Archive released a newly declassified document this week saying that the Atta who had attempted to enter the Czech Republic in May, 2000 was not the same Mohamed Atta who later helped fly a plane into the World Trade Center. The CIA reportedly briefed the Bush Administration with this information days before Cheney’s 2001 Meet the Press appearance.

“What’s ‘pretty well confirmed,’” Sharpton said, “is that Cheney wanted to go to war no matter what.”

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Sharpton: New declassified document undermines Cheney's claim of Iraqi connection to 9/11

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