Was Smallpox Overhyped?

Did faulty intelligence lead to an overblown scare over smallpox? The Administration said the possibility of a smallpox attack by Iraq strengthened its case for war--and necessitated a major inoculation campaign. By mid-June, some 627,000 military employees and nearly 40,000 civilian first responders and health-care workers had been vaccinated. But this month's Senate report on prewar intelligence has concluded that the CIA's 2002 estimate that there was "an even chance" Saddam had weaponized smallpox was "not supported" by the evidence and says the agency now admits it has "no evidence that Iraq ever weaponized smallpox." David Kay, who ran the postwar...

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