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Blix Says He Suspects US Spied On Him
Dawn.com ^ | Feb 28, 2004 | Reuters

Posted on 02/28/2004 10:26:58 PM PST by I'm ALL Right!

LONDON, Feb 28: Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Saturday he suspected the United States bugged his office and home in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, but had no hard evidence.

Describing such behaviour as "disgusting", Mr Blix told Britain's Guardian newspaper in an interview: "It feels like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are actually on the same side."

His allegation came on top of a diplomatic row sparked this week when former British minister Clare Short said Britain bugged UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's office as London and Washington tried but failed to win UN backing to invade Iraq.

Mr Blix said his suspicions were raised when he had trouble with a telephone connection at home.

"It might have been something trivial or it might have been something installed somewhere, I don't know," he said.

The Swede said he asked UN counter-surveillance teams to check his office and home for listening devices.

"If you had something sensitive to talk about you would go out into the restaurant or out into the streets," said Mr Blix.

He said US State Department envoy John Wolf visited him two weeks before the invasion with pictures of an Iraqi drone and a cluster bomb that the former inspector believed could have been secured only from within the UN weapons office.

SUSPICIONS: "He should not have had them. I asked him how he got them and he would not tell me," Mr Blix said.

"It could have been some staff belonging to us that handed them to the Americans... It could also be that they managed to break into the secure fax and got it that way," he said.

Clare Short, in government before and during the invasion, said on Thursday she had seen transcripts of what she said were bugged accounts of Mr Annan's conversations. She resigned after the occupation of Baghdad.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused her of being irresponsible and of undermining intelligence services at a time when Britain faced a threat of attack from militants.

Mr Blair said British security services acted within domestic and international law. But UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said Mr Annan would seek a fuller explanation from Britain on the allegations, saying any attempt to eavesdrop on the secretary general was illegal and should stop as it would violate three international treaties.

Mr Blair warned critics like Clare Short that unless they buried differences they risked ousting his Labour Party from power as it prepares to fight a general election expected next year

Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and another former chief UN weapons inspector, Richard Butler, said on Friday they believed they had been spied on.

"From the first day I entered my office they told me: 'beware, your office is bugged, your residence is bugged,'" Boutros-Ghali told the BBC.

"It is a tradition that member states that have the technical capacity to bug will do it without hesitation," he said. -Reuters


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 007; blix; blixisawhiner; inspections; iraq; spying; unbugged; wmd
I wouldn't doubt it a bit. What did he expect?
1 posted on 02/28/2004 10:27:01 PM PST by I'm ALL Right!
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To: I'm ALL Right!
Oh geez, does he really think so? What an idiot, of course we did.
2 posted on 02/28/2004 10:29:17 PM PST by Eva
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To: I'm ALL Right!
Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Saturday he suspected the United States bugged his office and home in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, but had no hard evidence.

If old eagle-eye Hans couldn't find the bugs, then they probably were there.

3 posted on 02/28/2004 10:31:07 PM PST by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: Eva
hey Blix,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,BOO!
4 posted on 02/28/2004 10:31:50 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: I'm ALL Right!
Mr Blix said his suspicions were raised when he had trouble with a telephone connection at home. "It might have been something trivial or it might have been something installed somewhere, I don't know,"

And THIS is enough to send this guy into fits of paranoia?

(I hope we did bug him)

5 posted on 02/28/2004 10:32:06 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: I'm ALL Right!
WGAS, Mr. "Ignorance is" Blix?
6 posted on 02/28/2004 10:32:19 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (<a href="http://moveon.org" target="blank">Communist front group</a>)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
So Hans, did you hear laughing while you were working to locate the WMD's in Iraq? If not, then you were not bugged because your efforts were laughable. Geez, the guy just can't get out of the limelight. Next he'll be in SF participating in a gay marriage. ick.
7 posted on 02/28/2004 10:32:53 PM PST by Cate (Bush is da' man.)
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To: Cate
HANS PUT SOME ICE ON IT.
8 posted on 02/28/2004 10:40:27 PM PST by jocko12
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To: I'm ALL Right!
Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Saturday he suspected the United States bugged his office and home in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, but had no hard evidence. Describing such behaviour as "disgusting"

"I don't know if it happened, but it's disgusting".

"It feels like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are actually on the same side."

No, you weren't on our side, and, no, you don't have any integrity.

9 posted on 02/28/2004 10:52:54 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Numbers Guy
hey Blix head for Frisco,, it's legal now!
10 posted on 02/28/2004 10:55:14 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: I'm ALL Right!
My God, you mean the CIA finally did something right?? No wonder Blix is shocked!

Not only that... but they're actually monitoring a foreign national instead of spying on American patriots at the behest of their covens of intrenched leftists???

I think I'm going to faint!!

11 posted on 02/28/2004 11:09:46 PM PST by fire_eye (All leftists appear identical when viewed through an ACOG.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
"It feels like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are actually on the same side."

Integrity ? what integrity ? same side ? you were on the the side of the U.N. you must think people are incredibly stupid to think you are on the same side as the U.S. The U.N. is on its own side and its usually the side of terrorists.

12 posted on 02/28/2004 11:26:12 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
I hope we did. We should know the enemy.
13 posted on 02/28/2004 11:26:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
He had UN inspectors in to check. They found nothing. Therefore, no bugs existed!
14 posted on 02/28/2004 11:37:45 PM PST by Jemian
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To: I'm ALL Right!

Geezus gawd, I hope we did. That man is an enemy.
15 posted on 02/28/2004 11:38:58 PM PST by onyx
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To: I'm ALL Right!
So are Blixie and Kofi blaming our spying as the reason they and the UN sucks?
16 posted on 02/28/2004 11:42:04 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
I sure hope we did. I was also glad to hear the Brits had a tap on Coffee Anan.
17 posted on 02/29/2004 12:32:31 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: I'm ALL Right!
He has good reason to be worried about all them spy pics of old Hans in women's undies.
18 posted on 02/29/2004 1:04:18 AM PST by dc-zoo
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To: I'm ALL Right!
The WMDs were there. They disappeared without accountability. Where was Blix looking when they disappeared? He was never on our side, as well as those other so-called allies that John Kerry loves so much were never on our side. Blix wanted a life-time job in Iraq and we foiled it.
19 posted on 02/29/2004 1:07:44 AM PST by PROUDAMREP (Proud of our President)
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To: Eva
Oh geez, does he really think so? What an idiot, of course we did.

And that was the worst invstement of 2 dollors we ever made!

20 posted on 02/29/2004 1:19:49 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate
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To: Keith in Iowa

21 posted on 02/29/2004 2:39:24 AM PST by petuniasevan (Does the name "Pavlov" ring a bell?)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
No problem here.

Blix couldn't find any evidence that he was bugged anyway.

22 posted on 02/29/2004 4:04:11 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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Poor Hans....
A typical over-schooled, but undereducated - self important arrogant public servant...clymer.
The ideal U.N. "functionary"......

Semper Fi
23 posted on 02/29/2004 4:55:53 AM PST by river rat (Militant Islam is a cult, flirting with extinction)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
BLIX: Where is the guy who tried to jump into an inspectors car to give him evidence? Did you ever find the evidence he was trying to present? Is he dead now? Too bad he didn't try to present the evidence "more elegantly"
24 posted on 02/29/2004 4:59:00 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: river rat
"Poor Hans...."

Living proof that "Nature" is way too lenient with many.



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I especially admire the end .....



Americans need to consider carefully the decision for war...

Be clear on who their enemy is, and determine to destroy that enemy.

Recognize, there is no clean, polite or gentlemanly way to kill a stranger.

If you are not prepared to kill all those that stand with and support your enemy, then surrender to him.

river rat

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25 posted on 02/29/2004 5:15:38 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: G.Mason
Thank you, and Salute returned....
It looks like we're almost from the same generation....

Semper Fi
26 posted on 02/29/2004 5:24:51 AM PST by river rat (Militant Islam is a cult, flirting with extinction)
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Was he this upset when he found that Sadaam Hussein spied on him?
27 posted on 02/29/2004 5:37:59 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: river rat
I figure I've got just a couple on you.

Life is and has been good!

28 posted on 02/29/2004 5:47:43 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: Loyal Buckeye
Was he this upset when he found that Sadaam Hussein spied on him?

Why would Saddam spy on his own teammate?

29 posted on 02/29/2004 6:33:35 AM PST by I'm ALL Right!
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