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Night Owl - Knowledge is the Past. Wisdom is the Future.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Green Zone Mole

Just after Paul Wolfowitz's trip to Iraq back in October, I posted some thoughts at Whiskey Bar about the less than cordial reception PNAC Paulie received from Iraqi guerrillas during his abbreviated stay:

"I think Saddam's got a mole at US HQ. Two separate shots at Wolfowitz on the same day? A senior US military guy was on saying it was simply a coincidence that Wolfie 'happened' to be there (in Iraq) because the planning of the rocket launcher took at least two months. I'm not buying it. They can build the thing and then wait as long as they want for the target. They just have to know when . . . .

"I remember in college a long time back attending a guest lecture by Sam Adams - a former intelligence officer who wrote a great book on Viet Nam. He described how US HQ in Saigon had become thoroughly compromised by the time of Tet. He said that the Viet Cong had infiltrated the translation office, which was the conduit for all communications between the US Army and South Vietnamese forces. A spy even ran the mimeograph machine and made copies of all the battle plans. They had fore-knowledge of every operation, meeting, visiting dignitary, etc.

"I wonder if HQ in Baghdad has a similar office for communicating with the new Iraqi police force."
Now, three months later, comes this: (via Today in Iraq)
U.S. suspects Iraqi moles at Baghdad headquarters

Some senior administration officials suspect that Saddam Hussein's followers have penetrated the coalition headquarters in Baghdad and passed information to guerrilla fighters.

The source said some senior officials believe it is too much of a coincidence that Saddam loyalists know where and when to attack Army convoys. At times, attackers also seem to know the planned route of low-flying helicopters, more than 10 of which have been shot down since May.

Moreover, some guerrilla cells in Baghdad seem to know beforehand when coalition VIPs are visiting Iraq.

One possible example was the October visit to Iraq of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a prime architect of President Bush's oust-Saddam policy.

Guerrillas aimed rockets from a makeshift launch pad at, or near, the floor on which Mr. Wolfowitz was staying at the Rashid Hotel. The rockets hit one floor below Mr. Wolfowitz's 12th floor room. He escaped unharmed, but one U.S. Army officer was killed.

Military officials at the time said they did not believe the guerrillas targeted Mr. Wolfowitz. But months later, some Pentagon officials said the attack of eight to 10 68-mm and 85-mm rockets may have been an attempt to assassinate Mr. Wolfowitz. . . .

Officials acknowledge the screening process is not foolproof. The coalition cannot guarantee that rehired police officers and military commanders are not still loyal to Saddam's Ba'athist regime, they say.
I still say they should check the Translation Office.

Posted by Night Owl at 7:43 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 12:42 PM PST

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