Whopper of the Week: Hiro Ueki.

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Dec. 6 2002 4:07 PM

Whopper of the Week: Hiro Ueki

What's your definition of "unannounced"?

"The inspectors arrive unannounced."

Hiro Ueki, spokesman for the U.N. weapons inspection team in Baghdad, quoted in "UN Inspections Hit First Controversy; US Envoys Head To Europe," Agence France-Presse, Dec. 1.

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"Um Al Maarik Company, which the [U.N. inspection team] visited today, was notified by the IAEA team in advance[italics Chatterbox's] that two of their technicians would review the status of the remaining video surveillance. Al Qa Qaa Company, which the IAEA team visited, was also requested on Thursday afternoon to provide assistance to facilitate removal of sampler. This type of advance notification [italics Chatterbox's] is sometimes given to facilitate their work on monitoring equipment. It happened to the above two cases. Except for these types of cases, our inspection teams do not provide advance warning to the Iraqi side, as we have emphasized time and again."

Ueki's subsequent clarification, issued after an Iraqi official admitted the U.N. team had provided advance notice to the two inspection sites.

(Thanks to Eugene Volokh.)

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