I was running out the door when I saw that Instapundit had linked to this story. I didn't read it at the time. I now realize that it is a reprint of a May 5, 2003 story. That certainly doesn't mean it's not worth reading; Hayes has been breaking intelligence stories all over the place. This story pertains mostly to documents found in Iraq detailing bribes of George Galloway, the British MP of ill repute. Hayes ended this article with a prophetic statement that is bearing fruit today.
But George Galloway most assuredly wasn't the only person lining his pockets by defending Saddam Hussein. Journalists and diplomats and businessmen have been doing it for years. Their stories will be told.
One other interesting thing about this article is the Editor's Note at the top. (Emphasis mine.)
Editor's note, 1/30/04: On January 25, 2004, a daily newspaper in Iraq called al Mada published a list of individuals and organizations who it says received oil from the now-deposed regime. Among those listed is Shakir al Khafaji, an Iraqi-American from Detroit, who ran "Expatriate Conferences" for the regime in Baghdad. Al Khafaji also contributed $400,000 to the production of Scott Ritter's film "In Shifting Sands." Finally, al Khafaji arranged travel and financing for the "Baghdad Democrats"--Jim McDermott, Mike Thompson and David Bonior--last fall. Following the trip, al Khafaji contributed $5,000 to McDermott's Legal Defense Fund. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has contacted McDermott's office about returning the contribution. McDermott spokesman Mike Decesare said this morning that he had not yet spoken with McDermott, since it's three hours earlier on the West Coast. Asked about the contribution and the subsequent allegations about al Khafaji and oil, Decesare said, "I don't know anything about it." THE WEEKLY STANDARD will post a response from McDermott's office as soon as we get one. In the meantime, it's worth taking a second look at "Saddam's Cash."
Roger L. Simon fills us in with an update on Scott Ritter's foray into movie-making. And here's all you need to know about McDermmot.