Vice President Cheney ignited a firestorm in the press (and perhaps the White House) by asserting that one of the most vexing allegations about 9-11, the putative liaison between hijacker Mohammed Atta and Iraqi official al-Ani, still is unresolved. Asked about the issue on Meet The Press ( September 14, 2003), Cheney answered:“The Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence official five months before the attack, but we’ve never been able to develop anymore of that yet either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don’t know.”

The Washington Post ( September 29, 2003) denounced the Vice President for suggesting that the putative meeting was still an open issue, arguing “that the Czech government distanced itself from its initial assertion.” And that “American investigators determined Atta was probably in the United States at the time of the meeting.”
Who is right? Vice President Cheney or the Washington Post?

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