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Byline: Frank Davies
Jun. 27--WASHINGTON -- Colin Powell's famous speech to the United Nations on the threat from Iraq one month before the U.S. invasion was "the perpetuation of a hoax" and "the lowest point in my professional life," his longtime chief of staff told a group of Democratic senators Monday.
Lawrence Wilkerson, a former U.S. Army colonel who retired last year, said he learned after the secretary of state's February 2003 speech that key elements were wrong, based on faulty or manipulated intelligence. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who has served six years on the Intelligence Committee, said Powell's speech was "a singular …