Glenn Greenwald and Saddam Hussein

I must apologize to libel expert Glenn Greenwald. On an NPR show earlier today, I mistakenly said that I thought Greenwald had retracted a particularly dumb charge leveled against me, which is that I believe that Saddam Hussein stopped seeking nuclear weapons after the 1981 Israeli attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor. Of course I don't believe this, and couldn't believe this, because, as you know, I still think Saddam Hussein is a threat, even though he's dead. Or so they say.

In any case, my dear friend Glenn sent me an e-mail in which he noted that he had not retracted the charge, even after I pointed out to him that it was false. So I apologize for my mistake. Thank God Yom Kippur is coming, that's all I can say.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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