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.