February 16, 2004

MORE ON SADDAM’S BRIBERY CAMPAIGN:

Money illicitly siphoned from the UN oil-for-food programme by Saddam Hussein was used to finance anti-sanctions campaigns run by British politicians, according to documents that have surfaced in Baghdad.

Undercover cash from oil deals went to three businessmen who in turn supported pressure groups involving the ex-Labour MP George Galloway, Labour MP Tam Dalyell, and the former Irish premier Albert Reynolds, it is alleged in documents compiled by the oil ministry, which is now under the control of the US occupation regime.

Separately, a dossier from the oil ministry in Baghdad has been handed by the British Foreign Office to Customs and Excise, which has been asked to investigate. They were also referred to the Cabinet Office because of their political sensitivity.

More here: “Secret commissions paid to pro-Saddam middlemen by western oil firms found their way into George Galloway’s anti-sanctions drives.”

I don’t know if this is true, of course — though it certainly seems plausible to me — but what I really wonder is where else Saddam’s money went.

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