Iraqi scientist 'has nothing to hide'.
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>"He used to head Iraq's chemical weapons programme before, as the former regime in Baghdad asserted, it was abandoned.
But General al-Saadi was singled out by the US Secretary of State Colin Powell as a man whose job it was to mislead the UN weapons inspectors.
"Saadi's job is not to co-operate, it is to deceive; not to disarm, but to undermine the inspectors; not to support them, but to frustrate them and to make sure they learn nothing," Mr Powell told the Security Council.
He said Mr al-Saadi was orchestrating "the old game of cat and mouse" with the inspectors.
As the momentum to war quickened up, the main task for Mr al-Saadi, with his fluent English, became presenting Iraq's case to the world.
"The fiction goes on. It goes on and on," he said about the claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
He maintained it was "heartening" for the Iraqi people to see most of the world's reaction against the evidence, and accused the US and the UK of agitating for war."<
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