Forgers named, backstory still murky

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The London Times reports that it was Maiga Zakariaou and Laura Montini who did it. That takes care of that, doesn't it? "That" being the mystery of who wrote the infamous and forged Niger documents Bush used to argue that we should reinvade Iraq:
According to Nato sources, the investigation has evidence that Niger’s consul and its ambassador’s personal assistant faked a contract to show Saddam Hussein had bought uranium ore from the impoverished west African country.
The documents, which emerged in 2002, were used in a US State Department fact sheet on Iraq’s weapons programme to build the case for war. They were denounced as forgeries by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shortly before the 2003 invasion...
According to the sources, an official investigation believes Adam Maiga Zakariaou, the consul, and Laura Montini, the ambassador’s assistant, known as La Signora, forged the papers for money.
They allegedly concocted their scheme as reports reached western intelligence agencies, including MI6, that Saddam Hussein had been trying to buy uranium ore, known as yellowcake, from Niger. The agencies had no evidence he had succeeded. The pair are alleged to have copied a real contract to look like an agreement with Iraq under which Niger would supply Saddam with 500 tons of yellowcake.
The story of the fake deal had begun with a meeting in a Rome bar in February 2000 set up by Antonio Nucera, an officer in the Sismi, the Italian intelligence agency, between two of his former agents, Rocco Martino and Montini...
And you should read on to get to the bottom of... the report. But that's the only sense of closure as you're going to get on this. (RawStory, in all its news-cycle busting glory had the original look at the article)

Josh Marshall has followed this tale for some time, and as he'll tell you:

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