thanks to emptywheel for pointing this out

This is a brief appearance by Con Coughlin on NBC back in 2003, a day or so after his story about the Habbush Letter came out in the Daily Telegraph.

Brokaw: And tell us about the article that you have today in the Sunday Telegraph about Mohamed Atta and any connections that he may have had to the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.

Coughlin: Well, this is an intriguing story, Tom. I mean, basically, when I was in Baghdad, I picked up a document that was given to me by a senior member of the Iraqi interim government. It's an intelligence document written by the then-head of Iraqi intelligence, Habush to Saddam. It's dated the 1st of July, 2001, and it's basically a memo saying that Mohamed Atta has successfully completed a training course at the house of Abu Nidal, the infamous Palestinian terrorist, who, of course, was killed by Saddam a couple of months later. Now, this is the first really concrete proof that al-Qaeda was working with Saddam. I saw your interview with James Woolsey earlier and he was talking about the article in The Weekly Standard. And there is a lot of detail there. But this is a document, and I've had it authenticated. This is the handwriting of the head of Iraqi intelligence, Habush, is one of the few people still at large who is in the pack of cards. And it basically says that Atta was in Baghdad being trained under Saddam's guidance prior to the 9/11 attack. It's a very explosive development, Tom.

Question: as emptywheel points out on her blog, 'who was the senior member of the Iraqi intermin government'?

Question: Is con coughlin telling the truth

Question: Where did the 'senior member of the iraqi intermin government' get the document from?

Question: where is the document now?

Question: how ws it authenticated by con? he mentions 'handwriting'. Who would have been able to recognize Habbush's handwriting? Where did Coughlin get it authenticated? When? By how many people?

Question: When exactly was Con in Baghdad? What dates?

Question: Why do people keep calling pieces of paper 'explosive' (ie, The Way of the World). Paper doesn't explode!