posted on Mar, 23 2003 @ 05:05 PM
He was the ultimate spy who came in from the cold. For months, the CIA and U.S. Special Forces had been working on the extraordinarily difficult and
dangerous job of trying to penetrate Saddam Husseinís inner circle.
According to a knowledgeable intelligence source, Delta Force, the supersecret commando group, had managed to tap Saddamís underground phone lines in
Baghdad. But the real break came when the CIA managed to recruit an asset, a senior Iraqi official in a position to know Saddamís greatest
vulnerability: where he sleeps each night.
Saddam, who had stayed alive and in power for more than three decades by never sleeping in one place for long, had to trust at least a few bodyguards.
He made the rare mistake of relying on one henchman who was more afraid of the United States than he was of Saddam Hussein.
SINGING TO THE AMERICANS
The Iraqi official ìweighed the balance of fear,î says a senior administration official, who described the highly secret operation to NEWSWEEK. The
man measured the risk that Saddam would suspect his betrayal versus the mortal certainty that the American military was coming to wipe out the Iraqi
strongman and his closest followers.
The Iraqi turncoat began to sing to the Americans. He told his intelligence handlers that on the night of March 19, Saddam, probably accompanied by
his demonic sons Uday and Qusay, was sleeping in a bunker beneath a nondescript house in a residential area of Baghdad. Saddam, according to the
CIAís intelligence, was hiding below ground in a special reinforced bunker, built by German engineers.
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