Monday, September 22, 2008

German Agents Maintained Contacts with Saddam's Secret Service During Iraq War

In the FA Zeitung, here via WPR
"...The fact that German BND agents were cooperating with the Iraqi secret services will not come as a surprise to those familiar with the BND's history. Already in January 2006, German intelligence expert Erich Schmidt-Eenboom noted that during the Iraq War the BND "undoubtedly maintained its very good contacts with the intelligence service of Saddam Hussein." "At the same time," Schmidt-Eenboom added, "it was under pressure, in the context of a political ice age between Washington and Berlin, not to let its contacts with the Defense Intelligence Agency completely die out" (source: Interview with the Berlin weekly Jungle World). In April 2003, moreover, the British daily The Telegraph published an Iraqi document detailing a cordial January 2002 meeting between a representative of German intelligence and Iraqi intelligence chief Tahir Jalil Habbush..."

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