"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 12 April 2003 - 10:21 AM
Opinion Rising That Saddam Is Dead
The fate of Saddam Hussein is still unclear but U.S. officials have started leaning slightly toward the view that the Iraqi leader is probably dead, U.S. officials say. U.S. intelligence agencies have picked up communications or "chatter" by Iraqis on the periphery of Saddam's toppled government saying they believed he had died.
But officials caution that that by itself is not conclusive proof. Those Iraqis either know that Saddam is dead, believe he is dead but may be wrong, or are trying to feed disinformation to U.S. authorities knowing their communications are being monitored, officials said. "I'd say it's leaning slightly more to dead than alive," one U.S. official told Reuters on Friday.
Top-secret Iraqi intelligence documents found in Baghdad show that Russia funneled spy secrets to Saddam Hussein and that Moscow was still training Iraqi spies last fall, in violation of U.N. sanctions, reports say.
The captured documents also show that the Kremlin gave Saddam lists of assassins who could do "hits" in the West and that Iraq and Russia signed deals to share intelligence and help get "visas" so agents could go to Western countries, the London Telegraph reported.