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THE TIMES: Galloway denies receiving 370,000 Iraq oil payments
The Times (UK) ^ | 4/22/03 | Melissa Kite

Posted on 04/21/2003 9:31:18 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood

THE Labour MP George Galloway issued strenuous denials last night after documents were found in Iraq alleging that he had received regular, large sums of money from the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Confidential papers found in Baghdad purported to show that Mr Galloway had been taking a cut of oil revenue meant for the people of Iraq under the United Nations oil-for-food programme.

The documents, which were found in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, by a reporter from The Daily Telegraph apparently showed that Mr Galloway had communicated with Saddam’s regime via a senior Iraqi spy chief. The MP had asked an agent of the Mukhabarat secret service for an increase in the cut he was receiving of Iraq’s exports. The authenticity of the documents has not been confirmed.

Mr Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, had always denied receiving any financial assistance from Baghdad. Confronted by the evidence of his links, the MP, who has vociferously opposed action against Saddam, claimed that the documents were the product of forgers.

He said it was preposterous to suggest that his campaigning in support of the regime was funded by the Iraqi dictator. He said of the document: “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.”

He added: “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, bought or sold one.”

Mr Galloway founded the Mariam Appeal in 1998 when he flew Mariam Hamza, a young Iraqi girl, to Glasgow for treatment in a children’s hospital. But the papers say that behind the scenes, Mr Galloway was conducting a liaison with Iraqi Intelligence.

Among the documents found was a memo from the chief of the Secret Service to Saddam’s office on January 3, 2000, which was marked confidential and personal. It apparently outlining talks between the MP and an Iraqi spy. The secret service chief wrote that Mr Galloway told the spy that he needed “continuous financial support from Iraq. He obtained, through Mr Tariq Aziz 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.”

If the memo is accurate, Mr Galloway’s share would have amounted to £375,000 per year. The papers claim that Mr Galloway entered into partnership with a named Iraqi oil broker to sell the oil on an international market.

Downing Street refused last night to comment on Mr Galloway’s alleged receipt of Iraqi funds, and said that all issues concerning the conduct of MPs should be addressed to the Labour Party. A Labour spokesman said that no comment would be made on the allegations until later this morning.

Mr Galloway has already faced widespread calls from his Labour colleagues for him to be stripped of the Labour Whip. Unless he can prove that the latest revelations are a forgery, he now looks almost certain to face moves to expel him from the Labour Party.

Mr Galloway strenuously denied that the meeting referred to in the document took place. However he says he did spend one Christmas in Baghdad, possibly in 1999.

The documents were found in a heap of box files piled up on the floor in the office of Iraqi’s Foreign Minister, according to the reporter concerned. The file was marked “Britain” and the enclosed papers were all stamped with the Iraqi eagle.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: britain; galloway; georgegalloway; iraq; traitor; treason; uk
I think this may have been a late posting to the Times website (I happened to catch it through The Command Post).
1 posted on 04/21/2003 9:31:18 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Whoa mama...
2 posted on 04/21/2003 9:36:53 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
“The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi Intelligence.

The question to be put to him is has he ment members of the Iraqi government, whether or not they are part of Iraqi intelligence.

3 posted on 04/21/2003 9:46:37 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Well, we know he's met Iraqi government officials, including Saddam himself, with whom he did a grovelling interview for some rag across the pond.
4 posted on 04/21/2003 9:48:59 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Wow...
This is astounding information.
The Iraqi'would have no reason to forge these documents.
Who else would? If the docuemtns really exist and were captured in Baghdad this is pretty damming stuff.
5 posted on 04/21/2003 9:49:05 PM PDT by konaice
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
However he says he did spend one Christmas in Baghdad, possibly in 1999.

POSSIBLY in 1999?

I can remember where I spent Christmas in 1999, with no "possibly" entering into the question.

Well, this is looking more and more like they found the goods on Galloway.

6 posted on 04/21/2003 9:54:44 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: konaice; All
By the way, here's links to the original Telegraph story and editorial posted by MadIvan, the documents on the Telegraph site, and the Sun and Independent takes posted by Pokey78.
7 posted on 04/21/2003 9:55:55 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood; MadIvan; Grampa Dave
Hmmm!
8 posted on 04/21/2003 9:56:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood

If Gallows-bait "strenulously denied" it, it must be false.

;-)

9 posted on 04/21/2003 9:56:40 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton
There's probably enough evidence for a hangin'. Time to get a rope......
10 posted on 04/21/2003 9:58:26 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Sounds like the cries of a guilty useful idiot.

Wonder how much he took and how many others there are?

11 posted on 04/21/2003 10:00:03 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: dighton
Sure and who're we supposed to believe anyway...him or official papers found in Iraq ? LOL
12 posted on 04/21/2003 10:00:11 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: dighton; MadIvan
I reread one of the articles and saw...

"name of Mr Galloway or his wife should never be mentioned".

So, his Palestinian wife is in the mix. I'd bet with MariamAppeal's base being in Jordan, the secret accounts rest there.

13 posted on 04/21/2003 10:00:29 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: dighton; MadIvan
...or Syria. Lots of Iraqi oil flowed through there.
14 posted on 04/21/2003 10:01:46 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Brett66
... the sentence of the Court upon you is, that you be taken from this place to a lawful prison, and thence to a place of execution, and that you be there hanged by the neck until you are dead; and that your body be afterwards buried within the precincts of the prison in which you shall have been confined before your execution. And may the Lord have mercy upon your soul.

15 posted on 04/21/2003 10:04:24 PM PDT by dighton
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To: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
A larger question: Are there any American politicians who had the same deal with Iraq that Galloway had?
16 posted on 04/21/2003 10:09:34 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Shermy
I'd bet with MariamAppeal's base being in Jordan, the secret accounts rest there.

You seem to know a bit of history about this Galloway.

I did not, but was on the original thread. The intermediary between Galloway and the Iraqi government was a man from--ta da--Jordan.

17 posted on 04/21/2003 10:12:34 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: Shermy
Here's the reference:

"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.'"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897567/posts

18 posted on 04/21/2003 10:15:28 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: Publius
Are there any American politicians who had the same deal with Iraq that Galloway had?"

That is what we all are anxious to know.

Here is the account of how the reporter came upon these documents:

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/22/ngall122.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/22/ixnewstop.html

Excerpt:

Two more box files were labelled "Britain". Others were labelled "United States", "Security Council" and "France".

19 posted on 04/21/2003 10:19:03 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: cyncooper
Others were labelled "United States"...

The hairs on the back of my neck started to rise when I read that. A lot of political careers may be about to founder.

Jim McDermott, maybe?

Perhaps it's time to resurrect the old House Un-American Activities Committee.

20 posted on 04/21/2003 10:22:37 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I'm afraid that the establishment media will simply stonewall this to death, despite the direct revelation having been made by one of its most loyal members, the Daily Telegraph. The antiwar group ANSWER has been directly financed by the Iraqi regime since its formation, in the form of "legal fees" paid by Baghdad to ANSWER's leading spokesman and organizer, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Clark was Saddam Hussein's lawyer in the United States and a registered agent of the Iraqi government. Clark also represented Saddam's enemy, Ayatollah Khomeini, at one time and helped organize Hanoi Jane Fonda's eponymous trip to the communist capital in 1972. All of this has passed unnoticed among the establishment media.
21 posted on 04/21/2003 10:24:10 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy ( Anti-war movement: road-kill on the highway to freedom.)
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To: Shermy
“The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi Intelligence.


"It all depends on what the definition of is, is."
William Jefferson Clinton aka perjurer, alleged rapist, thief, liar, income tax evader, recepient of bribes for pardons, and husband of Hillary.
22 posted on 04/21/2003 11:03:32 PM PDT by cpdiii (RPH & oil field trash and proud of it)
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To: atomic conspiracy
I bet he is re-elected.
23 posted on 04/21/2003 11:35:04 PM PDT by chuckles
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