Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball report in an October 26 Newsweek story that the current draft of CIA report says "most evidence suggests Saddam Hussein did not provide Zarqawi safe haven before the war. It also recognizes that there are still unanswered questions and gaps in knowledge about the relationship."
Isikoff and Hosenball also write that the CIA has determined that documents provided by Iraqis that supposedly showed a link between Saddam's government and al Qaeda were not legitimate:
...in the months after U.S. and allied forces deposed Saddam, NEWSWEEK has learned, Iraqi informants approached U.S. intelligence personnel with what purported to be caches of documents proving that Saddam's dealings with Al Qaeda were extensive. (One cache of documents even claimed that six of 19 of the September 11 hijackers had been trained to fly in Iraq.)
Current and former U.S. counterterrorism officials said that when officials at the Bush White House learned about the existence of documents linking Saddam to Al Qaeda, they became very excited and pressured intelligence agencies to work quickly to validate and decipher them. However, the CIA ultimately established that most key documents about the Saddam-Al Qaeda connection turned over were faked...
I'm not sure if this is directly related to the documents supposedly showing linkage that FrontPage was excited about this past June.posted by micah holmquist / 1:24 PM