January 27, 2004

Naming Names

The free Iraqi press is beginning to disclose the identities of foreign officials and organizations that were bribed by Saddam Hussein with vouchers for millions of barrels of oil under the U.N. Oil-For-Food program:

The 270 individuals and organisations alleged to be in his pay included the sons of a serving Arab president, Arab ministers, a prominent Indonesian leader, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, the party led by the Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and even the Russian Orthodox Church.

Abdul Sahib Qotob, an under-secretary in Iraq's oil ministry, said the documents "reveal how Saddam jeopardised the oil wealth of Iraq on personalities who had supported him and turned a blind eye on the mass graves and injustice he inflicted on the sons of the Iraqi people".

Read it all. And stay tuned.

UPDATE 1/30: ABC News is now reporting this story. A few years ago I might have thought that this gives the story more credibility than does a seven month-old Iraqi News service. Decide for yourself.

Posted by dan at January 27, 2004 11:28 PM
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