The Curveball Case

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When the topic of intelligence failures and politics come up, the first thing that crosses my mind is Curveball. If we take a look at it, the Curveball case addresses most of the topics in this week’s assignment, but I would argue that the primary issue with Curveball and the information gathered was the failure of policymakers to really listen. Curveball was an Iraqi chemical engineer that claimed to have information on weapons of mass destruction developed by the Saddam Hussein regime. He was ran by German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and in his efforts to seek asylum in Germany, he convinced his BND handlers of his placement and access to the Iraqi biological weapons. He was very cooperative with his German handlers, but even
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