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Friday, March 11, 2005
Information vs disinformation in Saudi Arabia
mediachannel.org reveals this story through UPI wires from 9 and 10 March 2005 (nevertheless, I had no direct access to the wires). First there was an account saying that what we learned about Saddam Hussein's capture was invented. UPI reported that: "Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday 9 March 2005 as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army. "I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said... He said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor... Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Abou Rabeh said. Abou Rabeh was interviewed in Lebanon."
But the day after, the story changed: "I'm the UPI Pentagon correspondent. This is actually not a true story. It was written in a Saudi paper, and picked up by our Arabic speaking desk in Lebanon.