Defector admits lying to topple Saddam

THE Iraqi defector code-named ''Curveball'' whose claims that Iraq had biological weapons were used to justify the 2003 US invasion has admitted he lied to help get rid of Saddam Hussein.Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told Germany's secret service, the BND, that Iraq had mobile bioweapons trucks and had built clandestine factories.Even after he went back on his story after being confronted with denials from another source, his former boss, the BND continued to take him seriously, he told The Guardian.Advertisement: Story continues belowThe false information was the cornerstone of former US secretary of state Colin Powell's key address to the United Nations on February 5, 2003.During the speech, Mr Powell described Mr Janabi as ''an Iraqi chemical engineer'' who ''supervised one of these facilities''.