Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Photo of Bill Moyers Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Watch & Listen The Blog Archive Transcripts Buy DVDs
CARLO BONINI
Carlo Bonini, photo by Robin Holland
Watch Video
Read Transcript
Comment
May 4, 2007

Carlo Bonini, investigative reporter for the Rome newspaper LA REPUBBLICA, broke the story about an Italian intelligence agency's involvement in forging documents saying that Iraq had tried to secure yellowcake uranium from Niger. Those documents helped the White House make the case for invading Iraq — famously with the sixteen words: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." — in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address. Bonini tells the convoluted tale in his book COLLUSION: INTERNATIONAL ESPIONAGE AND THE WAR ON TERROR.

The forgeries have come back to haunt the administration in recent days. On April 25, 2007 the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to authorize a subpoena of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as part of an inquiry into the discredited information. The White House is expected to fight the subpoena, which followed a series of letters sent from the Committee Chairman Henry Waxman to the Secretary of State — find out more below. The Secretary of State has also indicated that she will not testify on grounds of national security and her position in the Executive Branch.

Related Media:
Interactive Timeline: Follow the fallout of the yellowcake forgeries in our timeline of pre-war media coverage

"Buying the War:" How did the mainstream media get it so wrong? (Watch the full 90-minute show online)

References and Reading:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Committee's Web site contains a chronology of their investigation into pre-war intelligence.

"The Road to Rendition," NEWSWEEK, commentary from Christopher Dickey
Carlo Bonini also broke the story of an extraordinary rendition from Milan. The Italian courts have issued indictments for 26 Americans.

"The War They Wanted, The Lies They Needed," VANITY FAIR, Craig Unger, July 2006

Yellowcake Forgery: Sourcewatch.org
The collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy provides links to the major reporting and documents in the case.

Photo by Robin Holland

Also This Week:

CARLO BONINI
Bill Moyers sits down with Carlo Bonini, Italy's foremost investigative reporter, on his role in uncovering the "yellowcake" forgeries prominent in Iraq pre-war intelligence

JERRY MILLER AND THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
Jerry Miller, recently exonerated after 24 years in prison by DNA evidence, discusses how he remained positive amidst the most negative of circumstances.

JONATHAN MILLER
Bill Moyers talks with British intellectual, Jonathan Miller, about his upcoming PBS series on religion, "A Brief History of Disbelief." (More on Miller and the theater.)

WATCH last week's show
EXPLORE the archive
TALK BACK: THE MOYERS BLOG
Our posts and your comments
OUR POSTS
YOUR COMMENTS
For Educators    About the Series    Bill Moyers on PBS   

© Public Affairs Television 2008    Privacy Policy    DVD/VHS    Terms of Use    FAQ   
SIGN UP FOR BLOG UPDATES AND PODCASTS EMAIL US