WikiLeaks: Saddam really was in cahoots with al Qaeda. Wait...what?
The things we learn from leaked documents...
At least three Guantanamo detainees identified Sadkhan as a henchman for Saddam Hussein.
An Uzbek named Oybek Jamoldinivich Jabbarov, told authorities that Sadkhan “admitted working as a liaison between [the] Taliban Intelligence Directorate and Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein.” Jabbarov explained that Sadkhan and another Iraqi once held at Guantanamo, Hassan Abdul Said, “traveled between Iraq and Afghanistan ferrying unidentified supplies from Iraq through Iran on multiple occasions.” Sadkhan “would receive money from the Taliban in exchange for these supplies.”
Another Iraqi Gitmo detainee named Abbas Habid Rumi al Naely told military officials that Sadkhan “was a member of the Amin Emergency Response Group while living in Iraq.” According to Naely, the Amin Group was “an elite Iraqi intelligence squad responsible for locating and either torturing or killing people opposed to Iraqi President, [sic] Saddam Hussein.” ...
Still another Iraqi once held at Guantanamo, Haydar Jabbar Hafez al Tamimi, identified Sadkhan “as a former member of the Iraqi Interior Ministry security forces” who fought in the Iraq-Iran war. Tamimi described Sadkhan as a relentless mercenary who used heavy-handed tactics to recruit fighters.
Sadkhan’s fellow Iraqi, Hassan Abdul Said, told U.S. authorities that Sadkhan received two payments from Osama bin Laden. The first came around September, 2001 and totaled approximately $11,000. Bin Laden transferred another $100,000 to Sadkhan in October 2001.
Al Wafa, an NGO that was really a cover for al Qaeda’s operations, facilitated both transfers. Al Wafa has been designated a terrorist front by both the United Nations and U.S. Treasury Department.
Read the rest, it's fascinating. So who is this Sadkhan guy? He's an al Qaeda terrorist of Iraqi origin, picked up in Afghanistan after the capture of Masir-i-Sharif, and was held held at Gitmo. Sadkhan's reputation is such that other al Qaeda goons feared him, for his sadism and violence. Though he was a high risk detainee, and one with a great deal of knowledge about al Qaeda, Iraqi intelligence in the Saddam era, the Taliban's drug trafficking -- a whole lot of things our government needs to know more about -- he was repatriated back to Iraq by the Obama administration in June 2009.
(hat tip Katie Pavlich)