Monday, October 11, 2004

Saddam paid off French leaders

Surely something Dan Rather and Mary Mapes wouldn't want to cover

By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


Saddam Hussein used a U.N. humanitarian program to pay $1.78 billion to French government officials, businessmen and journalists in a bid to have sanctions removed and U.S. policies opposed, according to a CIA report made public yesterday.
The cash was part of $10.9 billion secretly skimmed from the U.N. oil-for-food program, which was used by Iraq to buy military goods, according to a 1,000-page report by the CIA-led Iraqi Survey Group.

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