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Sunday, May 21, 2006

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.

Any takers?

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we get a hint? Shia, Sunni, Kurd?

12:30 AM, May 22, 2006

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

No. Do your homework!

Besides, the willingness to "sell-out" is not limited by sectarian or racial allegiance...

9:46 AM, May 22, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIL ROOH < BIL DEM NIFDEEK YA AHMED CHELEBBI,,,

lol.. doent quite rhym..srry

5:28 PM, May 22, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It can't be Chalabi because although he is a candidate for the Interior ministry, he current doesn't have a position in Maliki's cabinet. And I was just asking for the sectarian background of the minister in hopes of narrowing the field down a bit. Those of us who aren't journalists are going to need more hints or we can just guess and check until we get it right. :)

6:00 PM, May 22, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who has risen to a higher position in the new government, is known to be close to the Americans, and is quoted often by the likes of David Ignatius and Trudy Rubin. Ahmad Chalabi fails on all three counts so think again.

1:31 AM, May 23, 2006

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Anonymous entry #2: cold

Anonymous entry #3: warm

Anonymous entry #4: warmer (you already know the answer, don't you? Well, don't spill the beans...Just maybe there would be a journalist out there willing to do some legwork to find out the answer...)

4:35 PM, May 23, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The closest I can think of that fits that description is Adil Abdul Mahdi, but he hasn't risen to a higher position in Maliki's government. Right or wrong?

6:24 PM, May 23, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WS!

2:53 AM, May 24, 2006

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

To "anonymous" on Adel Abdul Mahdi: you are correct, he did not rise to a higher position. He is still Vice-President.

For the record. Should anyone guess right, then I will not confirm it. I am just helping some to steer away from dead-ends. Somebody needs to talk to the FBI and Customs and get them on the record confirming this event.

8:46 AM, May 24, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would the CIA care about misplaced 100K? They have bigger numbers somehow seeping through the cracks.

3:14 PM, May 24, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They care that it be spent on the people it's supposed to be spent on.

12:52 PM, May 25, 2006

 
Blogger Tequila said...

I'm guessing ... Hussein al-Shahristani.

4:05 PM, May 25, 2006

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Dear Tequila,

According to my recollection, Shahristani did not attend the London conference...He was against any American efforts to topple Saddam...at the time, he was in the company of people such as Jafari...funny how people change their spots when someone else does the work for them and they can just show up and take their designated places at the table...

Although, Shahrestani can be credibly called a hero for refusing to work for Saddam, and he paid a dear price for it (12 years of his life, and some say his sanity too. But he does claim to have spent the whole time in solitary confinement, which is not true. He spent most of the time with other political inmates).

Shahrestani's sacrifice is far greater than some others whose political fortunes changed with Saddam's demise, and rose to the top.

Good guess though...

6:15 PM, May 25, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my first guess, though I hope I'm wrong, involves the initials BS...

5:36 AM, May 29, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barham Salih

11:37 AM, May 31, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we know who it is yet?

2:23 AM, June 07, 2006

 
Blogger Jordan said...

zebari, m. foreign affairs?

6:01 PM, February 15, 2007

 
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