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Galloway was in Saddam's pay, say secret Iraqi documents (PACIFISTS ON SADDAM PAYROLL)
The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 22, 2003 | David Blair

Posted on 04/21/2003 4:41:15 PM PDT by MadIvan

George Galloway, the Labour backbencher, received money from Saddam Hussein's regime, taking a slice of oil earnings worth at least £375,000 a year, according to Iraqi intelligence documents found by The Daily Telegraph in Baghdad.

A confidential memorandum sent to Saddam by his spy chief said that Mr Galloway asked an agent of the Mukhabarat secret service for a greater cut of Iraq's exports under the oil for food programme.

He also said that Mr Galloway was profiting from food contracts and sought "exceptional" business deals. Mr Galloway has always denied receiving any financial assistance from Baghdad.

Asked to explain the document, he said yesterday: "Maybe it is the product of the same forgers who forged so many other things in this whole Iraq picture. Maybe The Daily Telegraph forged it. Who knows?"

When the letter from the head of the Iraqi intelligence service was read to him, he said: "The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi intelligence. I have never in my life seen a barrel of oil, let alone owned, bought or sold one."

In the papers, which were found in the looted foreign ministry, Iraqi intelligence continually stresses the need for secrecy about Mr Galloway's alleged business links with the regime. One memo says that payments to him must be made under "commercial cover".

For more than a decade, Mr Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, has been the leading critic of Anglo-American policy towards Iraq, campaigning against sanctions and the war that toppled Saddam.

He led the Mariam Appeal, named after an Iraqi child he flew to Britain for leukaemia treatment. The campaign was the supposed beneficiary of his fund-raising.

But the papers say that, behind the scenes, Mr Galloway was conducting a relationship with Iraqi intelligence. Among documents found in the foreign ministry was a memorandum from the chief of the Mukhabarat to Saddam's office on Jan 3, 2000, marked "Confidential and Personal".

It purported to outline talks between Mr Galloway and an Iraqi spy. During the meeting on Boxing Day 1999, Mr Galloway detailed his campaign plans for the year ahead.

The spy chief wrote that Mr Galloway told the Mukhabarat agent: "He [Galloway] needs continuous financial support from Iraq. He obtained through Mr Tariq Aziz [deputy prime minister] three million barrels of oil every six months, according to the oil for food programme. His share would be only between 10 and 15 cents per barrel."

Iraq's oil sales, administered by the United Nations, were intended to pay for only essential humanitarian supplies. If the memo was accurate, Mr Galloway's share would have amounted to about £375,000 per year.

The documents say that Mr Galloway entered into partnership with a named Iraqi oil broker to sell the oil on the international market.

The memorandum continues: "He [Galloway] also obtained a limited number of food contracts with the ministry of trade. The percentage of its profits does not go above one per cent."

The Iraqi spy chief, whose illegible signature appears at the bottom of the memorandum, says that Mr Galloway asked for more money.

"He suggested to us the following: first, increase his share of oil; second, grant him exceptional commercial and contractual facilities." The spy chief, who is not named, recommends acceptance of the proposals.

Mr Galloway's intermediary in Iraq was Fawaz Zureikat, a Jordanian. In a letter found in one foreign ministry file, Mr Galloway wrote: "This is to certify that Mr Fawaz A Zureikat is my representative in Baghdad on all matters concerning my work with the Mariam Appeal or the Emergency Committee in Iraq."

The intelligence chief's memorandum describes a meeting with Mr Zureikat in which he said that Mr Galloway's campaigning on behalf of Iraq was putting "his future as a British MP in a circle surrounded by many question marks and doubts".

Mr Zureikat is then quoted as saying: "His projects and future plans for the benefit of the country need financial support to become a motive for him to do more work and, because of the sensitivity of getting money directly from Iraq, it is necessary to grant him oil contracts and special and exceptional commercial opportunities to provide him with an income under commercial cover, without being connected to him directly."

Mr Zureikat is said to have emphasised that the "name of Mr Galloway or his wife should not be mentioned".


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To: Brian Mosely
Wow! This could realllyyy get fun!
51 posted on 04/21/2003 5:13:37 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: Scott from the Left Coast; knighthawk
Ritter was in the Netherlands a week ago.
52 posted on 04/21/2003 5:14:21 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Krodg
"The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi intelligence. A friend of Clinton's?

Notice what he does NOT say. He says he never "met a member of Iraqi Intelligence". He does not say he didn't meet an Iraqi diplomat or any other person acting under instructions from the Iraqi government

53 posted on 04/21/2003 5:14:29 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Heavily armed, easily bored, and off my medication)
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To: MadIvan
I'd say this is unbelievable, but it isn't.

Can pictures of Chirac with a sheep be far behind?

54 posted on 04/21/2003 5:18:05 PM PDT by TomB
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To: Shermy
Netherlands...they're in the coalition...but a quick skip to Belgium.

I suspect he's over there for the night life, the "nether regions" if you get my drift.

55 posted on 04/21/2003 5:18:24 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: MadIvan
I've definitely wondered that about Ritter and just about anyone else in the anti-war "movement."

Many of them have gotten strangely ineffective since Saddam's demise. I wonder if they were buying their media access with Iraqi dollars?

56 posted on 04/21/2003 5:18:45 PM PDT by peeve23
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I don't know if this has been posted.

How David Blair found the documents

57 posted on 04/21/2003 5:20:10 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: MadIvan
Ivan, is there any chance these COULD be forgeries? Does this Galloway guy have enemies, maybe Blair's faction in the LP, that could perpetrate this?

Not that I'm giving it any credence; there's no way I could know, but he certainly seemed to be a cool customer when confronted with it.

How can these be authenticated?
58 posted on 04/21/2003 5:20:30 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: cyncooper
More of the "banality of evil" that is so fortunately available to hoist them with their own petards.
59 posted on 04/21/2003 5:21:19 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: adam_az
YOWZA!!!

Sure sounds like this guy is a good candidate for the Scott Ritter Butt-Kisser Award.
60 posted on 04/21/2003 5:22:22 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: MadIvan
Ah, the delicious sound of knives being sharpened on Downing street...
61 posted on 04/21/2003 5:23:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Illbay
Read the following:

The documents: contacts, money, oil and the need for anonymity

The documents are SCANNED in.

Galloway is done.

Regards, Ivan

62 posted on 04/21/2003 5:23:59 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: cyncooper
I must say I am pleased that these monsters kept scrupulous records.

It's just something monsters do. No-one knows why...

63 posted on 04/21/2003 5:24:34 PM PDT by null and void
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To: RightWhale
Well, I haven't seen a barrel of oil--and neither have you.

A "barrel of oil" is simply a unit of measure. This is like saying "I've never seen an ounce of gold."

People buy and sell gold by the ounce all the time, and never actually, physically possess any of it.

This guy's been studying with Bill Clinton.
64 posted on 04/21/2003 5:24:36 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: AmishDude
Yes, wonder how many French names are going to turn up eventually...
65 posted on 04/21/2003 5:24:50 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: MadIvan

So goes Galloway, down the gallows way...

66 posted on 04/21/2003 5:25:05 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Asclepius
I wonder how many Americans were on Saddam's payroll. If so, I wonder when we'll find out.

When? IF!

67 posted on 04/21/2003 5:25:39 PM PDT by null and void
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To: July 4th
exactly, I hope this is just the first of many. I'm delighted to see justice served to these terrible fifth columnists.
68 posted on 04/21/2003 5:26:27 PM PDT by faithincowboys (God Bless Our Troops!)
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To: TomB
Can pictures of Chirac with a sheep be far behind?

How embarrassing for the sheep.

69 posted on 04/21/2003 5:26:35 PM PDT by dighton
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To: SauronOfMordor
Notice what he does NOT say. He says he never "met a member of Iraqi Intelligence". He does not say he didn't meet an Iraqi diplomat or any other person acting under instructions from the Iraqi government

I noticed that, too (#32). This guy is Clinton on steroids.

70 posted on 04/21/2003 5:26:58 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: MadIvan
With so many of the AntiWar Whores (the French,Germans,Chinese,Ritter,ad nauseum)always remember: "follow the money."
71 posted on 04/21/2003 5:27:01 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Hypocricy and Liberalism go hand in hand))))
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To: MadIvan
Is this enough to hang him or will he pull a Bubba and just

DENY, DENY, DENY!!!
72 posted on 04/21/2003 5:28:31 PM PDT by GEC
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To: MadIvan
I wonder concerning those among us?
73 posted on 04/21/2003 5:29:00 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (Further, the statement assumed)
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood; Grampa Dave; MadIvan
From link at # 57:

"...Two more box files were labelled "Britain". Others were labelled "United States", "Security Council" and "France". Each appeared to contain all the appropriate documents that had crossed the desk of an Iraqi foreign minister...."

74 posted on 04/21/2003 5:29:17 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: MadIvan
So, Ivan, one word: TAXES
75 posted on 04/21/2003 5:29:34 PM PDT by null and void (Inland Revenue to the rescue...)
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To: MadIvan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1915000/images/_1916417_galloway150.jpg
76 posted on 04/21/2003 5:29:42 PM PDT by polemikos
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To: MadIvan
Wow! Thanks for posting this, Ivan.

Calling Scott Ritter...

77 posted on 04/21/2003 5:32:35 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Shermy
Others were labelled "United States", "Security Council" and "France"...

O still, my beating heart...

78 posted on 04/21/2003 5:32:39 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: firebrand; StarFan; Dutchy; stanz; RaceBannon; Cacique; Clemenza; rmlew; NYC GOP Chick; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ping list.

79 posted on 04/21/2003 5:33:19 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Shermy
I really wonder if there's anything this interesting in the "United States" box.
80 posted on 04/21/2003 5:33:42 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: cyncooper
Agreed:

I must say I am pleased that these monsters kept scrupulous records.

81 posted on 04/21/2003 5:35:04 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: MadIvan
I would put forth that Mr. Galloway is in a...say we say...a bloody pickle...eh what?

FMCDH

82 posted on 04/21/2003 5:35:16 PM PDT by nothingnew
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To: MadIvan
The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi intelligence. I have never in my life seen a barrel of oil, let alone owned, bought or sold one."

Got him.

83 posted on 04/21/2003 5:35:25 PM PDT by lawgirl (Bad spellers of the world- UNTIE!!)
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To: Billthedrill
Others were labelled "United States", "Security Council" and "France"...

Maybe the best stuff was set aside...I hope this reporter delves into them...we're more likely to hear what's in them than from our own intel.

84 posted on 04/21/2003 5:36:18 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Great find HGT. Thanks for the bump Shermy.

Two more box files were labelled "Britain". Others were labelled "United States", "Security Council" and "France". Each appeared to contain all the appropriate documents that had crossed the desk of an Iraqi foreign minister.

85 posted on 04/21/2003 5:36:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Illbay
Not that I'm giving it any credence; there's no way I could know, but he certainly seemed to be a cool customer when confronted with it.

He'll say the money went to charities - not his pocket. But check if he received officer salaries from the funds, or that his relatives did.

86 posted on 04/21/2003 5:38:19 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Grampa Dave
Praise the Lord, and pass the Iraqi documentation.
88 posted on 04/21/2003 5:39:28 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: texasbluebell
How about campaign contributions to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.Got to be some PLO and Saddam money in that kitty.
89 posted on 04/21/2003 5:40:58 PM PDT by dancusa
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To: MadIvan
bump
90 posted on 04/21/2003 5:42:43 PM PDT by redbaiter
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To: SauronOfMordor
He says he never "met a member of Iraqi Intelligence".

I could spin that one again but I don't want to be labled a Democrat.....

91 posted on 04/21/2003 5:43:21 PM PDT by Krodg (We have the ability because the leader in command knows who's in control....God Bless America.)
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To: kitkat
I just hope that box that was filled and labled US has a lot of congressits and key left wing pacifists and mediots listed as on the payroll.
92 posted on 04/21/2003 5:44:49 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Brian Mosely
This could get quite interesting whenever the American names start popping up.

It galls me to refer to them as Americans, but Scott Ritter and Ramsey Clark come to mind.

93 posted on 04/21/2003 5:46:45 PM PDT by alnick
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To: Illbay
I see. It's like I've never seen 3-D space. In fact, I've never seen a dimension at all. I'm making a list of things I have actually seen, but so far the paper is blank. This could be useful.
94 posted on 04/21/2003 5:47:20 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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bookmarking.
95 posted on 04/21/2003 5:48:13 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: Sabertooth
ping
96 posted on 04/21/2003 5:49:37 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: MadIvan; Miss Marple; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Shermy; BOBTHENAILER; NormsRevenge; Dog; Dog Gone; ...
Just in case you missed this link by Ivan to the documents. Talk about nailing this pro Islamofacist sob, these did it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/22/ndocs22.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/22/ixnewstop.html

Great Job Ivan!

97 posted on 04/21/2003 5:49:46 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Shermy
It would be in exceedingly poor taste for me to Jim Mcdermott speculate about names in the box labeled the United States so I will not do so.
98 posted on 04/21/2003 5:55:45 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MadIvan
Even I (Mr. Cynical) am surprised by this. This is incredible.
99 posted on 04/21/2003 5:56:35 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: MadIvan
"Oh Scott Ritter, David Blair is probably going to find out something about YOU next."

Oh I hope so. And Blix. And ties to French and German officials too.

Regardless of his Clintonesque accusation that the Guadian must have forged it (projection of guilt attack, the classic lefty defense when guilty) Mr. Galloway is in DEEP trouble.

Follow the money.

100 posted on 04/21/2003 5:58:27 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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