Saturday, March 18, 2006

Saddam document

Iraq the Model has translated an interesting document recently released from the Saddam archives. A highlight:
Our Afghani source... has informed us that Afghani consular Ahmed Dahistani... had spoken before him of the following:
  1. That Usama Bin Ladin and the Taliban group in Afghanistan are in contact with Iraq and that a group from the Taliban and Usama Bin Ladin's group had conducted a visit to Iraq.
  2. That America possesses evidence that Iraq and Usama Bin Ladin's group had cooperated to strike targets inside America....
ABC questions the document's value:
(Editor's Note: The controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate. While the assertions contained in this document clearly support the claim, the sourcing is questionable -- i.e. an unnamed Afghan "informant" reporting on a conversation with another Afghan "consul." The date of the document -- four days after 9/11 -- is worth noting but without further corroboration, this document is of limited evidentiary value.)
Michelle Malkin questions ABC's value:
Will we see that helpful disclaimer--"this document is of limited evidentiary value"--the next time ABC News or Newsweek or the NYTimes or the Washington Post uses unnamed, uncorroborated informants?