Wilson now admits that Baghdad Bob tried to buy yellow cake in Niger in 1999

Susan Schmidt, Washington Post:

"It was Saddam Hussein's information minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, often referred to in the Western press as 'Baghdad Bob,' who approached an official of the African nation of Niger in 1999 to discuss trade -- an overture the official saw as a possible effort to buy uranium.

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"In his book, Wilson recounts his encounter with the unnamed Niger official in 2002, saying, he 'hesitated and looked up to the sky as if plumbing the depths of his memory, then offered that perhaps the Iraqi might have wanted to talk about uranium.' Wilson did not get the Iraqi's name in 2002, but he writes that he talked to his source again four months ago, and that the former official said he saw Sahhaf on television before the start of the war and recognized him as the person he talked to in 1999."

Why did Wilson try to mislead people about this before he wrote his book?

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