By Con Coughlin.

Provides more details about the Habbush Letter.

handwriting Edit

"Written in the neat, precise hand of Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti"

q: how does coughlin know this

signature Edit

"the personal memo to Saddam is signed by Habbush in distinctive green ink."

Q: green? anything else distinctive about it? does con have it?

coughlin didnt vouch for it Edit

"it is almost impossible to ascertain whether or not the document is legitimate or a clever fake"

'it is not important how we found it' Edit

"Iraqi officials working for the interim government are convinced of its authenticity, even though they decline to reveal where and how they obtained it. "It is not important how we found it," said a senior Iraqi security official. "The important thing is that we did find it and the information it contains."


  • Q: What officials?
  • q: what senior iraq security official?
  • q: does this mean that coughlin asked them where they got it?

some iraqi guy says its real Edit

"There are people who are working with us who used to work with Habbush who are convinced that it is his handwriting and signature. We are uncovering evidence all the time of Saddam's dealings with al-Qaeda, and this document shows the extent of the old regime's involvement with the international terrorist network."

Q: is that allawi talking?

ex cia person Edit

Intelligence experts point out that a memo such as that written by Habbush would of necessity be vague and short. "Trained intelligence officers hate putting anything down in writing," said one former CIA officer. "You never know where it might turn up."

q: why was coughlin asking this cia guy about the letter?

q: what ex-cia person? what intelligence experts?

q: did this person ever see the letter?

q: when did they tell this to coughlin? where? why? how?

q: why did coughlin pick that person?