Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Daily Shocker

From the 'Hard to believe but true,' department of the London Daily Telegraph:

Saddam bribed politicians around world

Saddam Hussein bribed senior politicians and businessmen around the world to secure an early lifting of sanctions, according to the Iraq Survey Report.

Focusing his attention in particular on France and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, Saddam awarded oil exploration contracts and financial inducements to individuals.

Some US estimates have suggested that the Iraqis siphoned off $10 billion (£5.6 billion) from the scheme

"He [Saddam] targeted friendly companies and foreign political parties that possessed either extensive business ties to Iraq, or held pro-Iraq policies," said the report.

And yes, the article 'names names'.

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