Wikinews:Briefs/April 15, 2006

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Hello and welcome to Audio Wikinews. Today is April 15th, 2006.



Police confirm lagoon bodies are boys missing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have confirmed that the bodies of two children recovered yesterday from a small pond in the city's McGovern Park are indeed those of Purvis Parker, aged 11, and Quadrevion Henning, age 12, who lived nearby. The two boys were reported missing nearly a month ago.

Police had shown photos of the two bodies to Parker's mother, Angela Virginia, who said she believed that the bodies were those of the two missing boys. Today's autopsy confirms their identity, and lists drowning as the cause of death. Police have said there is no evidence to suggest foul play.

U.S. claims of Iraqi bioweapons labs contradicted in classified Pentagon report filed on 27 May 2003

In an article published on Wednesday by The Washington Post, reporter Joby Warrick alleged that the Bush administration and the CIA "possessed powerful evidence" that contradicted assertions made by President Bush one month after the Iraqi war began, where trailers found in Iraq were said to have been mobile biological weapons labs.

On May 27, 2003, two days before President Bush said "We have found the weapons of mass destruction" and the CIA published their whitepaper detailing how these trailers were allegedly used to produce biological weapons, a fact-finding group comprised of U.S. and British civilian experts that had investigated the labs concluded unanimously that these had nothing to do with biological weapons production and relayed their results back to Washington, according to the Washington Post. The paper said it interviewed six of the nine group members.

In Wednesday's press conference, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said "I will point out that the reporting I saw this morning was simply reckless and it was irresponsible. The lead in The Washington Post left the impression for the reader that the President was saying something he knew at the time not to be true. ... The President's statements were based on the joint assessment of the CIA and DIA that was publicly released the day before..."

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