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Revealed: Russia spied on Blair for Saddam (a must read)
UK Telegraph ^ | today | By David Harrison

Posted on 04/13/2003 10:36:39 AM PDT by Rodney King

op secret documents obtained by The Telegraph in Baghdad show that Russia provided Saddam Hussein's regime with wide-ranging assistance in the months leading up to the war, including intelligence on private conversations between Tony Blair and other Western leaders.

Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for "hits" in the West and details of arms deals to neighbouring countries. The two countries also signed agreements to share intelligence, help each other to "obtain" visas for agents to go to other countries and to exchange information on the activities of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader.

The documents detailing the extent of the links between Russia and Saddam were obtained from the heavily bombed headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence service in Baghdad yesterday.

The sprawling complex, which for years struck fear into Iraqis, has been the target of looters and ordinary Iraqis searching for information about relatives who disappeared during Saddam's rule.

The documents, in Arabic, are mostly intelligence reports from anonymous agents and from the Iraqi embassy in Moscow. Tony Blair is referred to in a report dated March 5, 2002 and marked: "Subject - SECRET." In the letter, an Iraqi intelligence official explains that a Russian colleague had passed him details of a private conversation between Mr Blair and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, at a meeting in Rome. The two had met for an annual summit on February 15, 2002, in Rome. The document says that Mr Blair "referred to the negative things decided by the United States over Baghdad". It adds that Mr Blair refused to engage in any military action in Iraq at that time because British forces were still in Afghanistan and that nothing could be done until after the new Kabul government had been set up.

It is not known how the Russians obtained such potentially sensitive information, but the revelation that Moscow passed it on to Baghdad is likely to have a devastating effect on relations between Britain and Russia and come as a personal blow to Mr Blair. The Prime Minister declared a "new era" in relations with President Putin when they met in Moscow in October 2001 in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.

In spite of warnings by the British intelligence and security services of increasing Russian espionage in the West, Mr Blair fostered closer relations with Mr Putin, visiting his family dacha near Moscow, supporting the Russians in their war in Chechnya, and arranging for the Russian president to have tea with the Queen.

Mr Blair was surprised and dismayed when Mr Putin joined France in threatening to veto the American and British resolution on Iraq in the UN, but continued to differentiate between President Putin and President Jacques Chirac.

The Prime Minister refused to join the French, German and Russian leaders in their summit on Iraq this weekend, but still regarded Mr Putin as an ally in global politics. The list of assassins is referred to in a paper dated November 27, 2000. In it, an agent signing himself "SAB" says that the Russians have passed him a detailed list of killers. The letter does not describe any assignments that the assassins might be given but it indicates just how much Moscow was prepared to share with Baghdad. Another document, dated March 12, 2002, appears to confirm that Saddam had developed, or was developing nuclear weapons. The Russians warned Baghdad that if it refused to comply with the United Nations then that would give the United States "a cause to destroy any nuclear weapons".

A letter from the Iraqi embassy in Moscow shows that Russia kept Iraq informed about its arms deals with other countries in the Middle East. Correspondence, dated January 27, 2000, informed Baghdad that in 1999 Syria bought rockets from Russia in two separate batches valued at $65 million (£41 million) and $73 million (£46 million). It also says that Egypt bought surface-to-air missiles from Russia and that Kuwait - Saddam's old enemy - wanted to buy Russian arms to the value of $1 billion. The Russians also informed Iraq that China had bought military aircraft from Russia and Israel at the end of 1999.

Moscow also passed on information of Russians who could help Iraqi politicians obtain visas to go to many Western countries.

The name of Osama bin Laden appears in a number of Russian reports. Several give details of his support for the rebels in Chechnya. They say bin Laden had built two training camps in Afghanistan, near the Iranian border, to train mujahideen fighters for Russia's rebel republic. The camps could each hold 300 fighters, who were all funded by bin Laden.

Training materials found at the complex give insight into the Iraqi intelligence gathering methods. One certificate shows that a Rashid Jassim had passed an advance course in lock-picking.

Other papers found at the headquarters include reports on the succession in Saudi Arabia and on US-Yemen relations. The intimate relationship between Baghdad and Moscow is further illustrated by copies of Christmas cards - in the Christian tradition - sent by Taher Jalil Habosh, the head of the Iraqi intelligence service, to his Kremlin counterpart.

Russia has been a key ally of Baghdad since the 1970s and was one of Saddam's main arms suppliers. The Iraqis are understood to owe Moscow more than £8 billion for arms shipments. Russian oil companies had longed to forge links with Saddam Hussein to help develop Iraq's vast oil reserves.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; assassins; blair; commies; davidharrison; iis; intelligence; iraq; moneytrail; mujahideen; mukhabarat; nuclearweapons; obl; oef; russia; sab; silvioberlusconi; spy; taherjalilhabosh
I can't beleive this hasn't been posted. I searched under "revealed", "Russia", "Spied", and "Saddam". So if it's a duplicate, don't get mad at me.
1 posted on 04/13/2003 10:36:39 AM PDT by Rodney King
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2 posted on 04/13/2003 10:38:07 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Rodney King
It was posted but as you say a must read!
3 posted on 04/13/2003 10:38:13 AM PDT by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth.....)
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To: Rodney King
but not with that headline so you did good
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/891912/posts?page=
4 posted on 04/13/2003 10:39:59 AM PDT by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth.....)
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To: Rodney King
It was posted yesterday - twice I believe. First Drudge had it and then one of the English papers had it too, can't remember which. Even so, it's worth posting again.

Putin is in big trouble if you ask me!

5 posted on 04/13/2003 10:40:17 AM PDT by Wphile
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To: Rodney King
Dont mention it . This was missed by gosh knows how many people . It needs to be seen and read again and again BUMP .
6 posted on 04/13/2003 10:44:26 AM PDT by Ben Bolt
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To: Rodney King
Holy Shite.
7 posted on 04/13/2003 10:48:28 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
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To: Rodney King
I can't beleive(sic) this hasn't been posted.

It has.

Russia Blair Saddam

8 posted on 04/13/2003 10:50:32 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Rodney King
After meeting Putin, President Bush made a comment to the effect that he could see into his soul.... Now Putin has embarrassed and humiliated George W. in front of the entire world.

Putin just crapped in his mess kit Big Time. You don't mess with Superman's cape!

This is going to get real interesting.
9 posted on 04/13/2003 10:50:54 AM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Rodney King; Grampa Dave
Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for "hits" in the West and details of arms deals to neighbouring countries. The two countries also signed agreements to share intelligence, help each other to "obtain" visas for agents to go to other countries and to exchange information on the activities of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader.

If I were on that list of assasssins, I would be looking over my shoulder quite frequently nowadays. Now that this is out, I wouldn't be shocked or awed if that list grows quite small very quickly.

10 posted on 04/13/2003 10:51:04 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Rodney King
It was, but I believe it was pulled by the moderator.

Excellent article. It is unfortunate that Russia is the same old USSR; a wolf in sheep's clothing. Looks like the cold war is back on.
11 posted on 04/13/2003 10:59:07 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: Humidston
Hey, what some people will do for 8 billion dollars. Putin, say goodby to the 8 billion. heh heh.
12 posted on 04/13/2003 10:59:42 AM PDT by stubernx98
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To: Rodney King
Thanks for posting this.

Some of us have another life and don't spend 24/7 on Free Republic being the double posting militia.

I didn't see this, and I thank you!
13 posted on 04/13/2003 11:38:50 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Grampa Dave
I didn't see it either and I'll raise you a bump!
14 posted on 04/13/2003 11:40:45 AM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: BOBTHENAILER; MadIvan; Travis McGee; Squantos; harpseal; Shermy; All
This paragraph just sends me up the wall.

"Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for "hits" in the West and details of arms deals to neighbouring countries. The two countries also signed agreements to share intelligence, help each other to "obtain" visas for agents to go to other countries and to exchange information on the activities of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader."

Hopefully, everyone of these assassins has had their brains, lungs and heart turned into putrid pink mists. Or it will happen to them very soon.
15 posted on 04/13/2003 11:42:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Humidston; Rodney King
Here is another bump for all us who didn't see this!

Rodney, can't we all just get along?

I guess not with the Russian Pimps, KGB and Russian Mafia thugs in charge of Russia.

It is time to vet every Russian up for citizenship and to vet those who have received citizenship since the USSR fell.
16 posted on 04/13/2003 11:44:33 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Rodney King
"Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for "hits" in the West"

All your assassin are belong to us.

17 posted on 04/13/2003 12:51:28 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks! That assassin list should be VERY handy!
18 posted on 04/13/2003 2:10:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Grampa Dave
Hopefully, everyone of these assassins has had their brains, lungs and heart turned into putrid pink mists. Or it will happen to them very soon.

Couldn't agree more. How convenient that we now have that list.

As the tag line reads....one by one, we're gonna get 'em.

On a monetary note, it might be a good idea to short Lukoil & Gazprom stock, among others. With this story out, I doubt their foreign contracts, especially in Iraq, will be as easily negotiated as they may have previously thought.

19 posted on 04/13/2003 5:22:35 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
On a monetary note, it might be a good idea to short Lukoil & Gazprom stock, among others. With this story out, I doubt their foreign contracts, especially in Iraq, will be as easily negotiated as they may have previously thought.


The above bears repeating!
20 posted on 04/14/2003 5:20:26 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
So let me get this straight. The russians said to the Iraqis, "Hey, do you guys want to kill somebody...say like George W. Bush or Tony Blair? Well here is a list of assassins already in position!...Hey, no problem, now can we have a couple of oil wells?"
21 posted on 04/14/2003 5:34:27 AM PDT by Drawsing (Want to see some awesome 3D graphics? Go outside and take a walk.)
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