Murdoch Tabloids Splash Saddam Hussein Underwear Pics Around The Globe

saddam_052005.jpg

Rupert Murdoch’s two tabloid dailies in London and New York today run front page pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underwear doing his prison laundry. The Sun claims to have received the pictures from a source in the U.S. military who hoped they would take the steam out of former Ba’athists turned insurgents.

“Saddam is just an aging and humble old man now,” the Sun’s source said. “It’s over, guys. The evil days of Saddam’s Ba’ath Party are never coming back – and here’s the proof.”

The military and the President reacted angrily and quickly.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – British and American newspapers published photos Friday showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein clad only in his underwear and washing his laundry, prompting an angry U.S. military to launch an investigation and the Red Cross to say the photos may violate the Geneva Conventions.

Britain’s The Sun and the New York Post said the photos were provided by a U.S. military official it did not identify. The photos not only angered the U.S. military, which issued a condemnation rare for its immediacy, but also were expected to further fuel anti-American sentiment in a country edging toward open sectarian conflict.

“This is an insult to show the former president in such a condition. Saddam is from the past now, so what is the reason for this? It is bad work from the media. Do they want to degrade the Iraqi people? Or they want to provoke their feelings,” said Baghdad businessman Abu Barick, 45.

President Bush was briefed by senior aides Friday morning about the photos’ existence and “strongly supports the aggressive and thorough investigation that is already underway” that seeks to find who took them, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.Somewhere Michael Isikoff is breathing a sigh of relief…

We’ll Publish More Saddam Pictures Says Defiant Sun – [PA/Scotsman]

Headline Of The Day - YEAARRGH!!! Edition
Confessions of a grammar Nazi

36 Comments

  1. McCain May 20, 2005
  2. Just John May 20, 2005
  3. Jared May 20, 2005
  4. Jay Tea May 20, 2005
  5. lawhawk May 20, 2005
  6. Paul Deignan May 20, 2005
  7. McCain May 20, 2005
  8. Jim May 20, 2005
  9. Ed May 20, 2005
  10. stew May 20, 2005
  11. John May 20, 2005
  12. Zsa Zsa May 20, 2005
  13. Bryan C May 20, 2005
  14. plebe May 20, 2005
  15. a. moral May 20, 2005
  16. BR May 20, 2005
  17. Connor May 20, 2005
  18. Paul Deignan May 20, 2005
  19. Paul Deignan May 20, 2005
  20. fatman May 20, 2005
  21. BR May 20, 2005
  22. McGehee May 20, 2005
  23. BR May 20, 2005
  24. BR May 20, 2005
  25. macsmind May 20, 2005
  26. wavemaker May 20, 2005
  27. fatman May 21, 2005
  28. Jim May 21, 2005
  29. Skid Row May 21, 2005
  30. Anonymous May 21, 2005
  31. BR May 21, 2005
  32. Brian Feroze May 21, 2005
  33. Aaron B May 21, 2005
  34. Anonymous May 21, 2005
  35. omega May 24, 2005
  36. OMEGA May 24, 2005