- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Iraqi source formerly known as Curveball (AKA "TISFKAC," pronounced "fiasco") tells the Guardian newspaper that, "I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
He also says his handlers in Germans knew he was lying in 2000. Contacts with him seem to have been dropped until May 2002, when he was contacted again. He then began to realize that a case for invasion was being put together-and he played ball.