A riddle for those who are still interested...
There is a prominent Iraqi politician who has risen to even more prominence as a member of the newly unfurled Maliki cabinet, and who had served in the near past as a straight up asset of the Central Intelligence Agency. His present involvement with the CIA is unknown, but he played a very prominent role in advising current US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as to how to go about thwarting Ja’afari’s bid for the PM slot and staffing the Maliki government.
This man’s past CIA connection can be proven as such: on January 3, 2003, this man violated US federal law by bringing in approximately $70,000.00 (USD) in cash into Washington’s Dulles Airport. He failed to mention this in his customs declaration, but the money was found during a routine customs screening. When told that he would be taken into custody, this man broke down in tears and claimed that this money belonged to the CIA. He provided the phone number of his “handler” who promptly arrived at the airport to sort out the matter with the chief US Customs agent on duty and the FBI’s representative at Dulles at the time. After five hours of questioning in the presence of both US Customs and the FBI, it transpired that this Iraqi politician had lied to his CIA handler about the amount of money he had disbursed during an Iraqi opposition conference in London a few days earlier.
The initial amount handed over to him for disbursement was allegedly $100,000.00 (USD). He allegedly told his handler that he had had dolled out over $90,000 at the conference, and thus would not be “red flagging” himself with the remaining sum if searched by customs. He was mistaken.
Journalists tend to find this politician charming and gregarious and he is often quoted as an authoritative and objective figure on Iraqi affairs. His connections to US intelligence have never been published before. Furthermore, this mishap at Dulles a little over three years ago revealed a penchant for some light thievery. Anecdotal evidence gathered from Iraqi businessmen who have had direct contact with this politician in the various executive roles he has performed confirms that he is not averse to some kickbacks coming his way in return for contracts awarded.
Now, this should be relatively easy for an enterprising journalist: the offending sum was a violation of federal law, and it could not be so easily expunged from the record. Furthermore, tracking down the customs and FBI agents involved shouldn’t be that hard.