McClatchy is challenging the Bush Administration’s claims—again. For the past ten months, reporter Kevin G. Hall has examined President Bush’s assertions that North Korea is responsible for printing counterfeit U.S. dollars. According to this McClatchy report, the Administration’s claims are based on unsubstantial evidence.
In an investigation that crossed three continents, Hall found that many of the key sources pivotal in the Bush Administration’s claims that counterfeit money was being produced by North Korea, were in fact questionable and unreliable. For example, Hall writes that a major source used by the Administration has a shady past and posseses limited knowledge of American currency itself. In fact, the major source the Administration used to bolster its case against the regime did not know that Benjamin Franklin’s image was on the $100 bill.