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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to email@example.com Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. January 29, 2004 No.160 (Muhamed Ali) 2. MORE DETAILS OF ALLEGED IRAQI BRIBES (ppg) 3. Iraqi council demands list of " bribes" (ppg) 4. =?iso-8859-1?Q?Spy_chiefs_warn_PM:_don't_blame_us_for_war_?= (ppg) 5. Blair's statements on Iraq WMD (k hanly) --__--__-- Message: 1 Subject: January 29, 2004 No.160 Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 17:05:09 -0000 From: "Muhamed Ali" <Muhamed.Ali@DELETETHISHackney.gov.uk> To: <email@example.com> Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org> [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] "The Beneficiaries of Saddam's Oil Vouchers: The List of 270" http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn1 Dear sir/madam, I write with reference to your above article and congratulate you on the excellent translation of part of the Arabic one in Al-Mada. So much so, that it inspired me to complement the translation of the last chapter of the text. Your background notes and annotations were very informative. However, there are many discrepancies in the figures, quantities of millions of barrels of oil, between the Arabic and English versions. The cause of this is that the index numbering in Arabic is written on the left hand side instead of the right. Consequently, "millions of barrels" of oil, are preceded by the figures denoting the respective quantities on the right and succeeded by the index numbering on the left. Both versions of the numbers use the international standard numerals and not the Arabic version. Below are my corrections in parentheses ( ). Muhamad Tawfiq Ali Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 160 January 29, 2004 No.160 The Beneficiaries of Saddam's Oil Vouchers: The List of 270 The following report from MEMRI's Baghdad office is a translation of an article which appeared in the Iraqi daily Al-Mada,  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn1#_edn1> whichobtained lists of 270 companies, organizations, and individuals awarded allocations (vouchers) of crude oil by Saddam Hussein's regime. The beneficiaries reside in 50 countries: 16 Arab, 17 European, 9 Asian, and the rest from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.Only a portion of the 270 recipients are listed and identified. Background The following points should be taken into consideration: First, MEMRI is not responsible for the accuracy of the details with regard to the names listed or the amount of oil granted. Second, all names listed in the original were in Arabic. Some of those are transliterated into English phonetically, and may not be precise. Third, denials by those whose names appear in this dispatch are footnoted. Fourth, the issuing of vouchers by Saddam's regime may have served two primary purposes: A: Payments in the form of bribes to individuals and organizations for their support of the regime. B: Vouchers may have been issued to pay for goods and services that fell under U.N. Security Council sanctions and could not be financed under the "Oil for Food" program. Goods may have included military equipment or military parts, luxury automobiles that Saddam distributed as gifts inside and outside Iraq, and general luxury goods for the benefit of high-ranking officials in the Ba'ath party and government. Fifth, the voucher recipients sold the vouchers to oil traders, who then collected the oil against the vouchers from the Kirkuk-Banias (Syria) pipeline terminal, which was operating in contravention of the Security Council sanctions. The pipeline carried 200,000 barrels per day of Iraqi oil, which benefited Syria greatly. Al-Mada's Article The following are excerpts from the article: "Under this professional and electrifying title, there are names that have nothing to do with oil companies, or the distribution, storage, and marketing of oil. They are not known for having any interest in oil or any links to oil companies, such as the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Communist Party. "As far as the individuals, the situation is even more puzzling. We can understand that the journalist Hameeda Na'Na',who defended the former regime, was trying to perpetuate her independent journalistic endeavor through an oil deal, but it is strange to find the names of Khaled,son of the late Gamal Abd Al-Nasser,in those lists, or Toujan Al-Faisal, former member of the Jordanian parliament, or the present Indonesian president, or the son of the Syrian defense minister, or the son of the Lebanese president." Saddam's Exploitation of U.N. Sanctions "Since the deposed regime endorsed the 'Memorandum of Understanding,' also known as 'oil for food [program],' it turned it into a despicable political and commercial game, and used it to finance its clandestine acquisitions of arms, expensive construction materials for the presidential palaces and mosques, and frivolous luxury items. It turned the oil sales agreements into the greatest bribery operation in history, buying souls and pens, and squandering the nation's resources. "Since then, rumors were abound about vouchers that Saddam gave to certain Arab and foreign dignitaries, providing them with crude oil in exchange for their support to the regime in a period of international isolation, and as a way to finance the campaign to lift the economic sanctions against it and to whitewash its image. "However, the regime itself tarnished the moral and humane ethics of the international campaign to lift the unjust sanctions, because by the end of the day the sanctions did not harm it [the regime], but harmed our poor people and the middle class. We saw that whenever the international campaign to lift the sanctions got closer to its goals, the regime - by its behavior and insolence - shoved it again into a dark tunnel, and at the same time turned our country into a free-for-all richly loaded dining table, awaiting a stream of hearty eaters and obedient servants. "One of the traits of our country's fascist regime is that it lacked decency and was always in need to use others in order to feel superior. Therefore, it corrupted even those who had good intentions and noble goals when defending the Iraqi people and trying to lift the siege imposed on it. The regime was versed only in the politics of the 'open wallet,' and therefore surrounded itself with people that it could co-opt and people who would panhandle for it, so that it could feel moral superiority over them. "And if one happened to know some of the official Ba'athists, who did not hesitate - because of their rural values - to boast and to [assume] moral superiority, one would have heard a lot from them about the ever-increasing number of visitors to Iraq in recent years, and would have understood from them that those visitors who came to defend us also came to cash in the price for that. We can confirm this information because the Ba'athists themselves, in a moment of 'rural pompousness,' propagated the rumors about the Arab and foreign visitors. They mentioned some of the names listed here, among them George Galloway, member of the [British] Labor party. "The case of Mr. Galloway is truly distressing. This man, who defended just Arab causes, became a loser as he got closer to the Iraqi regime. Galloway, who was banished from the party for this reason and who defended himself vehemently, and even attacked Tony Blair's and Bush's policies, will not be able - in my opinion - to refute Iraqi documents that incriminate him conclusively. "In addition to the lists mentioned above, Al-Mada also obtained six requests from the executive director and the associate executive director of the Oil Marketing Company to the Oil Minister 'to approve the crude oil agreements.' All of them mentioned the name of Mr. Galloway, not as a party in the agreement, but as a recipient, since Mr. Galloway hides behind a company that does not carry his name nor his nationality. "The manner by which these agreements were struck sheds light on the process of awarding the vouchers and the goodwill of the President of the Republic [Saddam]. That is why we wish to decipher it, especially since the lists include some individual names such as 'Samir,' and no one knows whether it belongs to an individual or to a company." Below is my contribution: "1. There is a reference to a Mr Burhan Al-Chelebi and "Fortrum Oil and Gas-oy", a Finnish purchasing company, in an agreement of 29/12/1999. And another reference to Mr George Galloway as beneficiary of the amount of 3 million barrels. 2. Via Mr Fawwaz Zureiqat, who is Jordanian, "Aredio Petrolum", in an agreement of 10/7/2001, reference to Mr George Galloway as beneficiary of the amount of 4 million barrels. 3. Similarly, "Middle East Adranced semi con doctor", which is Jordanian in an agreement of 6/8/2001, . Via Mr Fawwaz Zureiqat, reference to Mr George Galloway as beneficiary of the amount of 3 million barrels. 4. Similarly, .. 3/5/2001,... 2 million barrels. 5. Similarly, .. 12/12/2002,... 3 million barrels. 6. Similarly, .. 3/6/2002,... 3 million barrels. Thus, "Mr George Galloway as beneficiary" is cited six times, twice in the name of Finnish and French companies and the rest Jordanian under the name of Mr Fawwaz Zureiqat. All these requests were approved by the minister of oil with his signature, date and the word"agreed". It is significant that the name of Galloway crops up in the lists during the stages of the Memorandum of Understanding, together with the amounts of vouchers received and the name of Fawwaz Zureiqat. What is going on? It is obvious that Mr Galloway is the one who obtained the famous vouchers through his political connections and the services rendered to the regime? His name was referred to in the agreement may be to remind the minister that the company does not belong to him. This mechanism probably applied to all the recipients of vouchers, individuals, political parties or organisations, who have no connections with oil. The vouchers are signed by the president of the regime and have the amount to be paid. The rest is left to the purchasing companies, real or imaginary. The likes of Galloway probably do not obtain from these deals except nominal portions, such as in commissions or sale of coupons for a sum of money. The columns in the lists contain the names of the countries, followed by those of the recipient individuals or companies. Written across are the stages of the Memorandum of Understanding and the amounts allocated to the beneficiaries in millions of barrels. Some of the names are abbreviated. Some, so much so, that they are surprising. How can we decode this name: Daughter of president Sukarno. Following several names listed under Indonesia, we come across the name, Megawati ! In all cases, there are surprising names mentioned in these lists, who will probably encounter the shame and scandal they deserve. For the sake of brevity, we deemed it fit to cite the names and the amounts of vouchers allocated to them, without their distributions through the stages of the Memorandum of Understanding, which were in the original lists. Total amounts of crude oil allocated (to intermediary or companies!) in the Memorandum of Understanding. " Muhamad Tawfiq Ali The List The following is a partial list and description of individuals and organizations that MEMRI has been able to identify:  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn2#_edn2> Canada: Arthur Millholland, president and CEO of the Calgary-based Oilexco company, received 1 (9.6) million barrels of oil. United States: Samir Vincent received 10.5 million barrels. In 2000, Vincent, an Iraqi-born American citizen who has lived in the U.S. since 1958, organized a delegation of Iraqi religious leaders to visit the U.S. and meet with former president Jimmy Carter. Shaker Al-Khafaji,the pro-Saddam chairman of the 17th conference of Iraqi expatriates, received 1 (36.5) million barrels. Great Britain: George Galloway received 1 (19) million barrels. Fawwaz Zreiqat received 1 million barrels. Zreiqat also appears in the Jordanian section as having received 6 million barrels. The Mujahideen Khalq  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn3#_edn3> in Britain received 1 (36.50 million barrels. France: The French-Arab Friendship Association received 15.1 million barrels. Former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua received 12 million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn4#_edn4> Patrick Maugein of the Trafigura company received 25 million barrels. Michel Grimard, founder of the French-Iraqi Export Club, received 17.1 million barrels. Switzerland: Glenco Re, the largest commodity trader in Switzerland, received 12 million barrels. Taurus, which has been associated with Iraq for 20 years and was the first company to renew its business with Iraq after the fall of Saddam, received 1 (8) million barrels. Petrogas, which is listed under three sub-companies - Petrogas Services, Petrogas Distribution, and Petrogas Resources - and is associated withthe Russian company Rosneftegazetroy, received 1 (5) million barrels. Alcon, listed in Lichtenstein and associated with larger oil companies, received 1 (23) million barrels. Finar Holdings, which is listed in Lugano, Switzerland, and is under liquidation, received 1 (21) million barrels. Italy: The Italian Petrol Union received 1 million barrels.West Petrol, an Italian company that trades crude oil and oil products, received 1 (2 tons) million barrels. Roberto Formigoni, possibly the president of Lombardia, received 1 (24.5) million barrels. Salvatore Nicotra, a former NATO pilot who became an oil merchant, received 1 (20) million barrels. Spain: Basem Qaqish, a member of the Spanish Committee for the Defense of the Arab Cause, received 1 (17.5) million barrels. Ali Ballout, a pro-Saddam Lebanese journalist, received 1 (8.8) million barrels. Javier Robert received 1 (9.8) million barrels. Yugoslavia: Four Yugoslav political parties received vouchers: the Yugoslav Left party received 9.5 million barrels. The Socialist Party received 1 (22) million barrels. The Italian Party received 1 (16) million barrels. A nother party, whose name in exact transliteration is "kokstuntsha" - possibly Kostunica's party - received 1 (6) million barrels. Other political parties: The Romanian Labor Party received 5.5 million barrels. The Party of the Hungarian Interest received 4.7 million barrels. The Bulgarian Socialist Party received 1 2 million barrels. The Slovakian Communist Party received 1 (4) million barrels. Austria: The Arab-Austrian Society received 1 million barrels. Brazil: The 8th of October Movement, a Brazilian Communist group, received 4.5 million barrels. Fuwad Sirhan received 10 million barrels. Egypt: Khaled Gamal Abd Al-Nasser, son of the late Egyptian president, received 16.6 (16.5) million barrels. 'Imad Al-Galda, a businessman and a member of the Egyptian parliament from President Mubarak's National Democratic Party, received 14 million barrels. Abd Al-Azim Mannaf,  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn5#_edn5> editor of the Sout Al-Arab newspaper, received 6 million barrels. Muhammad Hilmi, editor of the Egyptian paper Sahwat Misr,  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn6#_edn6> received an undisclosed (4.5) number of barrels. The United Arab Company received 6 million barrels. The Nile and Euphrates Company received 3 million barrels. The Al-Multaqa Foundation for Press and Publication received 1 (2) million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn7#_edn7> Libya: Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem received 1 million barrels. Sub-Saharan Africa: Chad's foreign minister received 1 (3) million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn8#_edn8> Four South Africans are listed: Tokyo Saxville received 4 million barrels. Montega received 4 million barrels. Both are associated with the African National Party. Palestinians: The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) received 4 million barrels. The PLO Political Bureau received 5 million barrels. Abu Al-Abbas received 11.5 million barrels. Abdallah Al-Horani received 8 million barrels. The PFLP received 5 million barrels. Wafa Tawfiq Al-Sayegh received 4 (3.5) million barrels. Oman: The Al-Shanfari group received 5 million barrels. Syria: Farras Mustafa Tlass, the son of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, received 6 million barrels. 'Audh Amourah received18 million barrels. Ghassan Zakariya received 6 million barrels. Anwar Al-Aqqad received 2 million barrels. Hamida Na'Na', the owner of the Al-Wafaq Al-Arabi periodical, received 1 ( over 9) million barrels. Lebanon: The son of Lebanese President Emil Lahoud received 4.5 million barrels. Former MP Najjah Wakim received 3 million barrels. Nasserist Party head Osama M'arouf received 3 million barrels. National Arabic Club Chairman Faisal Darnika received 3 million barrels. Jordan: Former Islamist MP and head of the Engineers Union Leith Shbeilat  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn9#_edn9> received 15.5 million barrels. Former MP and Jordanian Writers Union head Fakhri Qi'war received 6 million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn10#_edn10> Former Jordanian chief of staff Mashhour Haditha received 1 (4) million barrels. Former MP Toujan Al-Faisal received 3 million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn11#_edn11> The Jordanian Ministry of Energy received 5 million barrels. Muhammad Saleh Al-Horani, the Amman Stock Exchange head and former Minister of Supplies, received 4 million barrels. Lawyer Wamidth Hussein Al-Majali received 6 (1) million barrels.  <http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA16004#_edn12#_edn12> Qatar: Qatari Horseracing Association Chairman Hamad bin Ali Aal Thani received 14 million barrels. Gulf Petroleum received 2 million barrels. The Indian Congress Party received 1 (4) million barrels. Indonesia: Indonesian President Megawati received 1 million barrels as "the daughter of President Sukarno," and 1 million barrels as Megawati. Myanmar: Myanmar's Forestry Minister received 1 (5) million barrels. Ukraine: The Social Democratic Party received 1 (8.5) million barrels. The Communist Party received 6 million barrels. The Socialist Party received 1 (2) million barrels. The FTD oil company received 1 (2) million barrels, as did other Ukrainian companies. Belarus: The Liberal Party received 1 (6) million barrels. The Communist Party received 1 (7) ton [sic] of oil. The director of the Belarussian president's office received 1 (6) million barrels. Russia: The Russian state itself received 1,366,000,000 barrels. The list also included the following: Companies belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party received 79.8 million barrels - t he list notes the name of party president Vladimir Zhirinovsky. The Russian Communist Party received 1 (137) million barrels. The Lukoil company received 63 million barrels. The Russneft company received 35.5 million barrels. Vladimir Putin's Peace and Unity Party received 34 million barrels - the list notes the name of party chairwoman Saji Umalatova. The Gazprom company received 26 million barrels. The Soyuzneftgaz company received 25.5 million barrels - t he list notes the name Shafrannik. The Moscow Oil Company received 25.1 million barrels. The Onako company received 22.2 million barrels. The Sidanco company received 21.2 million barrels. The Russian Association for Solidarity with Iraq received 12.5 million barrels. The Ural Invest company received 8.5 million barrels. Russneft Gazexport received 12.5 million barrels. The Transneft company received 9 million barrels. The Sibneft company received 8.1 million barrels. The Stroyneftgaz company received 6 million barrels. The Russian Committee for Solidarity with the People of Iraq received 6.5 million barrels - the list notes the name of committee chairman Rudasev. The Russian Orthodox Church received 5 million barrels. The Moscow Science Academy received 3.5 million barrels. The Chechnya Administration received 2 million barrels. T he National Democratic Party received 2 million barrels. The Nordwest group received 2 million barrels. The Yukos company received 2 million barrels. One Russian company which phonetically reads as Zarabsneft received 174.5 million barrels. Vouchers were also granted to the Russian foreign ministry, one under the name of Al-Fayko for 1 (128.8) million barrels, and one to Yetumin for 30.1 million barrels. T he Mashinoimport Company received 1 (83.5) million barrels. The Slavneft Company received 1 (25.5) million barrels. The Caspian Invest Company (Kalika) received 1 (8.5) million barrels. The Tatneft Tatarstan company received 1 (64.5) million barrels. The Surgutneft company received 1 (4) million barrels. Siberia's oil and gas company received 1 million barrels. In addition, the son of the former Russian Ambassador to Iraq received 19.7 million barrels. Nikolay Ryjkov, a former prime minister of the USSR, received 13 million barrels. The Russian President's office director received 5 million barrels. Oil vouchers were also distributed to companies and individuals from the Sudan, Yemen, Cyprus, Turkey, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, the UAE, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Panama, Thailand, Chad, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Ireland, Bahrain, and the Philippines. Two Saudi companies were also listed. London Borough of Hackney may exercise its right to intercept any communication on its networks - for more information see http://www.hackney.gov.uk/council/data/email_disclaimer.htm Content-Description: image001.jpg [ image001.jpg of type image/jpeg removed by lists.casi.org.uk - attachments are not permitted on the CASI lists ] Content-Description: image002.gif [ image002.gif of type image/gif removed by lists.casi.org.uk - attachments are not permitted on the CASI lists ] --__--__-- Message: 2 From: "ppg" <ppg@DELETETHISnyc.rr.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: MORE DETAILS OF ALLEGED IRAQI BRIBES Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 11:12:42 -0500 RUSSIAN PRESS PUBLISHES MORE DETAILS OF ALLEGED IRAQI BRIBES... Various Russian media, including newsru.com and gzt.ru, provided new details on 2 February about an article published in the Baghdad daily "Al-Mada" last month concerning individuals and organizations that allegedly took bribes from the regime of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The information came from a translation of the "Al-Mada" article provided by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.[MEMRI] The article, allegedly based on documents obtained from Iraq's former State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), indicated that individuals and organizations that supported the Iraqi regime had received monetary payments and/or "vouchers" for oil quotas that were then sold to oil traders, who then obtained the Iraqi oil in contravention of UN sanctions. According to "Al-Mada," among those who received Iraqi oil quotas were the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) (63 million barrels) and its leader, State Duma Deputy Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovskii (1 million); Lukoil (63 million); Rosneft (35.3 million); Gazprom (26 million); former Soviet-era Council of Ministers Chairman Nikolai Ryzhkov (13 million); Sibneft (8.1 million); and Yukos (2 million). JB ...WHILE FOREIGN MINISTRY DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS... The Foreign Ministry said the reports about alleged Iraqi bribes to Russian oil companies were either the result of ignorance about "the mechanism for exporting Iraqi oil under the sanctions" or were "deliberate disinformation," newsru.com reported on 2 February. All exports of Iraqi oil were carried out under the UN's oil-for-food program and were carefully monitored, the ministry said in a statement. Lukoil sources told gzt.ru on 2 February that it received export quotas from Iraq exclusively through the oil-for-food program and almost lost its contract to develop Iraq's West Qurna oil field because the firm refused to violate the sanctions. Others on the list, including LDPR leader Zhirinovskii, the Communist Party, and the Russian Orthodox Church have denied receiving Iraqi payoffs (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 29 January 2003). Zhirinovskii told "Gazeta" on 29 January that in "an ordinary diplomatic exchange of gifts," former President Hussein had given him a gold Swiss watch, and he had given the Iraqi leader a chess set and a sword. http://www.rferl.org/newsline/1-rus.asp --__--__-- Message: 3 From: "ppg" <ppg@DELETETHISnyc.rr.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Iraqi council demands list of " bribes" Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 16:41:24 -0500 http://tinyurl.com/3cylf Iraqi council demands list of alleged bribes Leaders eager to examine newspaper claims that Saddam gave oil contracts to sympathetic foreigners Rory McCarthy in Baghdad, Jon Henley in Paris and Owen Bowcott Friday January 30, 2004 The Guardian Iraq's governing council has ordered officials to produce documents published in a newspaper which allege Saddam Hussein bribed more than 260 prominent foreigners with oil contracts. The US-appointed governing council will meet next week to examine the papers and determine whether they warrant a formal investigation. This week al-Mada, a newspaper established in Baghdad after the war, published a list of more than 260 officials, politicians, journalists and organisations from 50 countries in the west and the Arab world who, it said, had received oil from Saddam in return for supporting his regime. The roll call of those who allegedly benefited from the largesse of the ousted Ba'ath regime includes prime ministers, presidents' sons, churches and businessmen. Some are in neighbouring Middle Eastern states, others live in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and Russia. The Russian orthodox church and the Russian Communist party have been named as beneficiaries, as have companies in Switzerland and Italy. The PLO is also alleged to have been a recipient. Al-Mada said the documents - which relate only to the year 1999 - were recovered from Iraq's state oil marketing organisation, a government-run department responsible for selling oil. Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish member of the governing council, said he believed there were more lists of names still to come out. "They seem to be documents taken out of official files," he said. "We are still studying the list. We haven't yet reached a formal decision on them. We are still investigating." Dr Othman said the governing council had asked to see the documents, which it will review and discuss at a meeting next week. "Also there are authorities in other countries who will be concerned," he said. Jordan and Bulgaria have said they will investigate their citizens who appear on the list. The Bulgarian president, Georgi Parvanov, has reportedly launched an inquiry into claims that the Socialist party received money from Iraq, but described the allegation as "ill-advised black humour". There are 14 Jordanian citizens and companies on the list. Forty-six individuals and companies from Russia are named, as are 14 from Lebanon, 14 from Syria and 11 from France. "We knew of course that Saddam was spending a lot of money bribing people," Dr Othman said. "We didn't know exactly what was going on. Now it looks as if oil was used for bribes." Officials in Iraq's oil ministry have said they are collecting information about the documents. A priority will be to establish their authenticity. "We are now gathering information on these documents and will sue those who stole the money of the Iraqi people," said Abdul-Sahib Salman Qutub, an oil ministry official. "The interest of the Iraqi people is above all. These documents show that the former regime spent lavishly Iraq's wealth. Yesterday a UN spokeswoman defended the work of the UN oil for food programme, run by Benon Sevan, under which Saddam was allowed to sell a limited quantity of oil to buy food and medicine. "We have seen the reports of these unconfirmed allegations," said Marie Okabe, the spokeswoman. "The oil for food programme has been satisfactorily audited many times, both internally and externally." Gilles Munier of a Franco-Iraqi association that promotes French businesses in Iraq admitted to the French newspaper Le Monde this week that his organisation had received gifts of oil but said they were perfectly legal payments under the oil for food programme. "This is how it worked," he said. "Every company, oil or otherwise, that did business in Iraq thanks to an introduction from an individual or an organisation paid that intermediary a commission on the profit margin he made on the transaction. "This was not illegal and it did not deprive the Iraqi people of their dues." India's Congress party dismissed the allegation that the party or its members had taken oil vouchers from Saddam. The report "is not to be taken seriously. It is not factually correct," said Anand Sharma, a party spokesman. --__--__-- Message: 4 From: "ppg" <ppg@DELETETHISnyc.rr.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Spy_chiefs_warn_PM:_don't_blame_us_for_war_?= Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 16:51:16 -0500 Sunday Herald JANUARY 25 Spy chiefs warn PM: don't blame us for war EXCLUSIVE. By Neil Mackay, Investigations Editor http://www.sundayherald.com/39548 BRITISH intelligence chiefs launched a pre-emptive strike against Tony Blair last night, ahead of the publication of the Hutton report, and blamed the government for pressurising them into cherry-picking intelligence to justify the war on Iraq. The UK's leading spies believe the political fallout from the publication on Wednesday of the Hutton Inquiry's report will result in an attempt by the Prime Minister and his senior Cabinet colleagues to blame the intelligence services for the shoddy information which was used by the government to convince the British people and parliament that Saddam's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were a threat to the UK. The views of senior members of the intelligence community were passed to the Sunday Herald. They include those from: The Defence Intelligence Staff, which helped supply intelligence for Blair's disputed September 2002 WMD dossier. The Joint Intelligence Organisation, which includes John Scarlett, the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) - the body which liaises between the intelligence services and the government and which was supposed to have sole control of the drafting of the dossier - and the JIC's support staff. MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, the main agency responsible for gathering the intelligence which went into the dossier. The intelligence community is speaking out now in order to pre-empt any attack. It is warning the government that it will not be blamed for the failure to prove the case for war, the death of Dr David Kelly and the lack of WMD in Iraq. The key points it wants on the record are: *Many had been openly sceptical about the presence of WMD in Iraq for years. *The intelligence community was under pressure to provide the government with what it wanted, namely that Iraq possessed WMD and was a danger. *Intelligence was "cherry-picked", with damning intelligence against Iraq being selectively chosen, while intelligence assessments, which might have worked against the build-up to war, were sidelined. lIntelligence work had become politicised under Labour , and spies were taking orders from politicians. They provided worst-case scenarios which were used by politicians to make factual claims. *They accept that intelligence was used for political ends, but believe it is not their job to help politicians justify their actions, as that distorts the nature of intelligence work. Britain's senior spies believe they are not in the firing line over Hutton, but realise that a rethink is needed over the future of British intelligence. They say they want changes made in order to maintain their integrity. The first attacks on British intelligence, ahead of the Hutton report, came from Donald Anderson, a Labour loyalist and chairman of the influential foreign affairs committee. His attack followed the resignation on Friday of David Kay, the head of the Iraq Survey Group. Kay, who was appointed by the CIA to lead the hunt for Saddam's WMD, quit his post saying he didn't think WMD existed in Iraq. Anderson said Blair and President George Bush had relied on intelligence regarding Iraq's WMD, adding that Kay's claims "raise very important questions about the quality of that intelligence". Kay's successor, Charles Duelfer, said earlier this month that he did not believe banned weapons would ever be found. US Secretary of State Colin Powell also conceded yesterday that Iraq may not have possessed any WMD - even though he gave a presentation to the United Nations in the run-up to war saying Saddam had large stockpiles of banned weapons. --__--__-- Message: 5 From: "k hanly" <khanly@DELETETHISmb.sympatico.ca> To: "newsclippings" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Blair's statements on Iraq WMD Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 00:24:06 -0600 http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4270236 FACTBOX - What Blair said about Iraq's banned weapons LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called an independent inquiry into possible intelligence failings following the failure to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the primary reason he gave for war. Until recently, the government has maintained evidence of weapons programmes could yet be found and had refused to hold an investigation into the inability of Washington and London to find them. The following is what the prime minister said about those banned weapons, both before and after the war. BLAIR FOREWORD TO GOVERNMENT'S SEPTEMBER 2002 IRAQ DOSSIER: "I wanted to share with the British public why I believe this issue to be a current and serious threat to the UK national interest." "Saddam Hussein is continuing to develop WMD, and with them the ability to inflict real damage upon the region and the stability of the world." "What I believe the intelligence has established beyond doubt is that Saddam has continued to produce chemical and biological weapons, that he continues in his efforts to develop nuclear weapons and that he has been able to extend the range of his ballistic missile programme." "I am in no doubt that the threat is serious and current, that he has made progress on WMD, and that he has to be stopped." "The document discloses that his military planning allows for some of the WMD to be ready within 45 minutes of an order to use them." BLAIR'S SPEECH TO PARLIAMENT, MARCH 18, 2003, WHEN HE SECURED BACKING FOR THE WAR: "We are asked now seriously to accept that in the last few years -- contrary to all history, contrary to all intelligence -- Saddam decided unilaterally to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd." "Iraq continues to deny that it has any weapons of mass destruction, although no serious intelligence service anywhere in the world believes it." BLAIR TO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE, JULY 2003; "For me, the jury is not out. I have absolutely no doubt at all that we will find evidence of weapons of mass destruction programmes." BLAIR NEWS CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER 2003: "I've got no doubt at all that they will find evidence that those programmes were continuing well after Iraq was saying they'd been discontinued and shut down." BLAIR'S CHRISTMAS 2003 MESSAGE TO THE ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ: "The Iraq Survey Group has already found massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories, workings by scientists, plans to develop long range ballistic missiles." End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk