- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 11, 2005

From an Aug. 25, 1998, press briefing with Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering responding to criticisms of the Clinton administration’s missile strike against the al Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum, Sudan, in retaliation for the Aug. 7 al Qaeda truck-bomb attacks against two U.S. embassies in East Africa:

Q: Ambassador Pickering, do you know of any connection between the so-called pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum and the Iraqi government in regard to production of precursors of VX [nerve gas]?

Mr. Pickering: Yeah, I would like to consult my notes just to be sure that what I have to say is stated clearly and correctly. We see evidence that we think is quite clear on contacts between Sudan and Iraq. In fact, al Shifa officials, early in the company’s history, we believe were in touch with Iraqi individuals associated with Iraq’s VX program.

From June 24, 2004, “Today” show interview with former President Clinton:

Katie Couric: What do you think about this connection that Vice President Cheney continues to assert between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda?

Mr. Clinton: All I can tell you is I never saw it. I never believed it based on the intelligence I had.

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