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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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Well well bloody well. Oh Scott Ritter, David Blair is probably going to find out something about YOU next.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 04/21/2003 4:41:16 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Krodg; hoosiermama; MeekMom; Dutchgirl; Freedom'sWorthIt; Carolina; patricia; annyokie; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 04/21/2003 4:41:34 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Ruh roh, Shaggy!
3 posted on 04/21/2003 4:42:06 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Poohbah
He is truly buggered:

The documents, complete with scans of the letters.

Regards, Ivan

4 posted on 04/21/2003 4:42:57 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
375,000 pounds a year that should have gone to feed Iraqis.

I assume this information would not have been released without the approval of Blair's government.

5 posted on 04/21/2003 4:43:43 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MadIvan
WOW!

I must say I am pleased that these monsters kept scrupulous records.
6 posted on 04/21/2003 4:43:52 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: The Shrew
No relation to me OR Joe.
:-)
7 posted on 04/21/2003 4:43:54 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: discostu
A bump and a ping --- Hey, discostu, can you send this link to James M? I'm sure he'll be very interested.
8 posted on 04/21/2003 4:43:58 PM PDT by Republicanus_Tyrannus
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To: MadIvan
Hopefully we will find out about every left wing politician who was financed by Soddomite to protect Soddomite.

Then we will find out about every left wing mediot maggot who was paid by Soddomite to defend him in their fishwraps and on tv.
9 posted on 04/21/2003 4:44:27 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: 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.
I wonder how many Americans were on Saddam's payroll. If so, I wonder when we'll find out.
10 posted on 04/21/2003 4:46:24 PM PDT by Asclepius (to the barricades)
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To: MadIvan
This could get quite interesting whenever the American names start popping up. And they will...you can count on it.
11 posted on 04/21/2003 4:46:25 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Grampa Dave
Like Bill & Hill!!
12 posted on 04/21/2003 4:47:07 PM PDT by knak
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Galloway is a total wingnut and nitwit.

"The suicide bombers are freedom fighters, not terrorists. I salute all of
the fighters and all of the martyrs of Palestine ... Children throwing
stones and becoming suicide bombers are heroes ... we must support the PLO
and assist them in wiping out the Zionist entity."
-George Galloway, University of London's School of Oriental and African
Studies, May 2 2002

13 posted on 04/21/2003 4:47:21 PM PDT by adam_az
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To: MadIvan
I have never in my life seen a barrel of oil

Don't know who this might be, but whoever it is has to have spent his life locked away in an unlighted dungeon. Possibly the only person on earth who has not seen a barrel of oil.

14 posted on 04/21/2003 4:47:32 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: MadIvan
Britain's own Aldrich Ames. Hopefully he spends the rest of his days in something similar to Leavenworth.
15 posted on 04/21/2003 4:47:57 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("I have two guns. One for each of ya." - Doc Holliday)
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To: MadIvan
What kind of laws does Britain have that can be used against this guy. In the US, he'd probably be liable for treason and bribery.
16 posted on 04/21/2003 4:48:54 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Dan from Michigan
The Prime Minister is rubbing his hands with glee, to be sure. He probably knew. Now he has a public excuse to destroy Galloway.

Regards, Ivan

17 posted on 04/21/2003 4:49:13 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Thane_Banquo
The same laws can be applied.

Regards, Ivan

18 posted on 04/21/2003 4:49:31 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
This low life should be turned over to the Free Iraqis to do whatever, they want to do with him!

This is strike fear into legions of left wing politicians around the world and probably many left wing maggot mediots.

Soddomite has probably spent billions since 9/11 to have these shills out 24/7 protecting him.
19 posted on 04/21/2003 4:49:47 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: MadIvan
oh my, can you say total bleeping victory? Mr. Galloway will live and die a pariah!
20 posted on 04/21/2003 4:49:54 PM PDT by faithincowboys (God Bless Our Troops!)
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To: MadIvan
"The truth is I have never met, to the best of my knowledge, any member of Iraqi intelligence.

A friend of Clinton's?

I have never in my life seen a barrel of oil, let alone owned, bought or sold one."

Nope...he deals in hard cold cash....

21 posted on 04/21/2003 4:50:20 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: MadIvan
A hanging in a public square might be nice this spring.
22 posted on 04/21/2003 4:50:45 PM PDT by dogbyte12 (.)
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To: MadIvan
Great post. When I read the headline, I was already thinking "you next Ritter."
23 posted on 04/21/2003 4:51:18 PM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: MadIvan
So this would officially make him a spy, would it not? Time to throw him in prison for a long time and hopefully paint all of the other peaceniks with a broad enough brush to include them as agents of Saddam.
24 posted on 04/21/2003 4:51:19 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: adam_az
Isn't it amazing how all of these schill sound alike re their defense of Soddomite?
25 posted on 04/21/2003 4:51:38 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Republicanus_Tyrannus
A bump and a ping

Have a coke and a smile too! ;^)

26 posted on 04/21/2003 4:52:08 PM PDT by Anamensis (New axis of evil: Syria, Iran, Hollywood)
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To: MadIvan
Galloways comments have the ring of a guilty man trying to make light of that which he has done.
27 posted on 04/21/2003 4:52:56 PM PDT by TheDon ( It is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response)
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To: redlipstick
Here we go...records being read, names being named.

Keep it up, reporters.
28 posted on 04/21/2003 4:53:10 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: Thane_Banquo; MadIvan
It's easier to convict for treason in Britain than in the U.S. Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) was convicted of treason and hanged even though he was an Irish national and was guilty of nothing more than making pro-German propaganda over the radio.
29 posted on 04/21/2003 4:53:18 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: All
Unfortunately, the UK no longer has the death penalty.
30 posted on 04/21/2003 4:54:33 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MadIvan
Could these payments have been to make up for money Galloway used to get from the Soviet Union?
31 posted on 04/21/2003 4:56:34 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MadIvan
"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?"

Is it me or does this sound like something the Iraqi information minister would say?

"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."

He's guilty. This cinches it. Sorry, Mr. MP, we have learned at the University of Slick Willie.

Get the cuffs and lock him up!

32 posted on 04/21/2003 4:56:35 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: MadIvan
I agree the American names (hopefully) coming up won't be leading Democrates, they'll be more motivated names like Scott Ritter and Peter Arnet.

What did you mean about the Prime Minister, is the Galloway a major political force in the House of Commons? What does this story mean for UK politics?
33 posted on 04/21/2003 4:56:39 PM PDT by PeoplesRep_of_LA ("As long as it takes...No. That's the answer to your question. As long as it takes." GWB)
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To: adam_az
Galloway is a total wingnut and nitwit.

Maybe, but he's a corrupt, well paid, traitorous, wingnut and nitwit who should face charges if this is true. Much more serious than rolling our eyes at his behavior.

If the memo was accurate, Mr Galloway's share would have amounted to about £375,000 per year.

34 posted on 04/21/2003 4:57:31 PM PDT by cyncooper (thousands of cheering Iraqis yelled, "America, America, America," and "Bush, Bush, Bush.")
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To: Republicanus_Tyrannus
This is starting to stack up ugly for the left. Sent to James.
35 posted on 04/21/2003 4:58:36 PM PDT by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: PeoplesRep_of_LA
Galloway was a real thorn in Tony Blair's side. Blair had already discussed the possibility of kicking him out of the Labour party in a recent interview - now he can do it.

The anti-war people now risk looking like traitors - all this does is strengthen Blair's hand in knocking them dead.

Regards, Ivan

36 posted on 04/21/2003 4:59:25 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: discostu
Ugly indeed. They don't even have the excuse that they were just accepting money from people they agreed with anyway.
37 posted on 04/21/2003 4:59:55 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MadIvan
Delicious! Absolutely delicious!
38 posted on 04/21/2003 5:00:57 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: MadIvan
Yes, but what chance is there of him being formally investigated, tried and convicted of anything? How often do MP's get convicted on criminal charges?
39 posted on 04/21/2003 5:01:19 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
Mohammed Sarwar was accused on corruption charges, and was suspended from the Labour Party, and I think Parliament, until the trial was over. He can be tried and thrown in jail.

Regards, Ivan

40 posted on 04/21/2003 5:02:28 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
I hope they find files on every rat who's sold us down the river. BTW, if it's not too much trouble, would you add me to your ping list?
41 posted on 04/21/2003 5:02:32 PM PDT by MizSterious ("The truth takes only seconds to tell."--Jack Straw)
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To: MadIvan
Bookmark
42 posted on 04/21/2003 5:03:03 PM PDT by Saturnalia
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To: MadIvan
OMG, Ivan! Tip of the iceberg, probably.

I'll bet more than a few people are going to have some 'splainin' to do.
43 posted on 04/21/2003 5:03:32 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: MadIvan
While children are in the dungeon, this piece of dirt cries, "NO WAR". What a piece of crap this man of peace.
44 posted on 04/21/2003 5:03:54 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Semper Gumby - Always flexible)
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To: faithincowboys
Damn, this is what I call an "outing."
45 posted on 04/21/2003 5:05:04 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: cyncooper
They truly were like the Nazis in all respects, meticulous records and all.
46 posted on 04/21/2003 5:05:05 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: texasbluebell
I suspect a lot more of the money was converted to Euros than to pounds. A LOT more.
47 posted on 04/21/2003 5:06:14 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: MadIvan
This is Hugh!
48 posted on 04/21/2003 5:07:29 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Asclepius
what i wouldn't give to see the carter center or the clintoon library on some documents with an iraqi dictatorship letterhead. i think kucinich or some other backbencher might be our galloway. i think jesse jackson or farrakhan are most likely on the take from saddam. give me michael moore and www.moveon.com, people for the unamerican way. i want some ANSWER big on one of these papers. who knows, maybe the butchers were repulsed by these amoral agents and took no pains to destroy the evidence.
49 posted on 04/21/2003 5:11:15 PM PDT by faithincowboys (God Bless Our Troops!)
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To: Asclepius
I wonder how many Americans were on Saddam's payroll.

Haven't seen or heard Scott Ritter recently. Doubt he's just embarrassed about being wrong about everything. Probably trying to figure out where Scott Peterson was going to hole-up in Mexico, since that other Scott won't be able to use it now.

50 posted on 04/21/2003 5:12:39 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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