`CIA planned to depict Saddam gay before Iraq war`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 16:33
Washington: The CIA devised a campaign to discredit Saddam Hussein, by depicting him as gay, during the planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a media report said.

The US spy agency secretly plotted to flood Iraq with a video purporting to show the Iraqi dictator having sex with a teenage boy, according to 'The Washington Post' which quoted two former American intelligence officials as saying. "It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera.

Very grainy, like it's a secret videotaping of a sex session. The idea was to then flood Iraq with the videos," said one of the former CIA officials.

Another idea was to interrupt the Iraqi TV programming with a fake special news bulletin -- an actor playing Saddam would announce he was stepping down in favour of his son Uday.

"I'm sure you will throw your support behind His Excellency Uday," the fake Hussein would intone.

The CIA also wanted to hack into Iraq's TV networks and insert misleading messages into the broadcasts. Eventually, "things ground to a halt", the other former official said, because no one could come to agreement on the projects.

They also faced strong opposition from James Pavitt, then head of the agency's Operations Division, and his deputy, Hugh Turner, who "kept throwing darts at it", the leading US newspaper claimed in its 'SpyTalk' blog.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 16:33

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