Skip to comments.Russian spy gave Saddam US secrets
Posted on 03/24/2006 4:01:30 PM PST by Crackingham
The Russian Government had a spy inside the US military command who passed information to Saddam Hussein on Americas war plan in the opening days of the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon announced yesterday. The explosive revelation was based on Iraqi documents captured since the fall of the dictator and were set last night to trigger a major diplomatic incident between Washington and Moscow. The Russian spy, who was not named, passed detailed information on US troop movements through the Russian Ambassador in Baghdad, who sent the information to Saddams personal secretary.
The first document is a handwritten account of a meeting with the Ambassador in Baghdad, who in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko, that details his description of the composition, size, location and type of US military forces arrayed in the Gulf and Jordan. It includes the exact numbers and locations of tanks, armoured vehicles, aircraft, missiles, helicopters and other forces. The ambassador also described the positions of two Special Forces units.
The second document, dated March 25, 2003, five days after the invasion began, is a typed account, signed by Hammam Abdel Khaleq, the Deputy Foreign Minister, which states that the Russian Ambassador had told the Iraqis that the US was planning to deploy its force into Iraq from Basra in the South and up the Euphrates and would avoid entering major cities on the way to Baghdad exactly what happened. The documents also state: Americans are also planning on taking control of the oil fields in Kirkuk.
Referring to the Russian mole inside US Central Command, the document adds that the information was obtained by the Russians from sources at US Central Command in Doha, Qatar.
The intelligence, the document states, was that American forces were moving to cut off Baghdad from the south, east and north, that US bombing would concentrate on Baghdad and that the assault on the Iraqi capital would not begin before about April 15. Baghdad fell about a week before that date. Army Brigadier General Anthony Cucolo, of US Joint Forces Command, said that he viewed the decision by Russia to give intelligence to Saddams Government as driven by economic interests.
I seriously doubt the CIA or US military is surprised. It sounds like the Russians were still confused about the tactics the US would use in the invasion.
Related, and receiving very little notice from most media sources. Friday afternoon treatment.
I don't know. There may have been a mole but it doesn't appear that Saddam believed him. Just recently there was a story about bridges not being blown up because Saddam planned to use them after our departure. (to punish the Shiites)
He didn't go after the oil fields either like in Kuwait.
Were Russian military attaches admitted observers?
I doubt it, but I'm sure the Russian reconnaissance satellite images were were a major source of the intelligence given to the Iraqis.
Guys it is Ramzaj did it. This new is 3-years old. http://www.google.ru/search?hl=en&q=ramzaj+Iraq&btnG=Google+Search
I'd like to believe that, but it's more likely that there was a man on the inside passing information to the Russians. Nothing new about that. Still, it shows what we're up against. It's bad enough that the source passed the information, and that source, should we ever catch him, should be shot at dawn. Still, it's one thing to keep tabs on your rivals, but they were actively opposing us. That shows the depths of what we're up against.
It's just nothing but good news today.
What does this gossipy blog have to do with the passing of secret info?
What does this gossipy blog have to do with the passing of secret info?==
Probably same source of information. Read more on Google.
The military's work protecting these fields were nothing short of miraculous. Seven out of how many thousands of wells?