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Quote: (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country warned the United States several times that Saddam Hussein's regime was planning terror attacks on the United States and its overseas interests.
Putin's comments in Kazakhstan came amid a new debate in the United States about the extent of ties between Saddam and the al Qaeda terrorist network triggered by a preliminary report from the commission investigating the September 11 attacks.
"I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received ... information that official organs of Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations," Putin said.
The Russian leader did not elaborate on any details of the warnings of terror plots or mention whether they were tied to the al Qaeda terror network.
Putin, one of the strongest critics of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, also said Russia had no information that Saddam's regime had actually committed any terrorist acts.
The United States never cited Russian intelligence when it was making its case for the war and Putin said the information did not change his country's opposition to the war.
Remember kids, politicians are harbingers of objective truth and do not have tactical and strategic intentions while they play the game of global politics.
questions: why is this coming out now? why didnt Bush Inc. present this information while they were so desparate to justify the invasion of Iraq (they were so desparate they used obviously false and doctored intelligence but not this "credible" information)? why did Russia also oppose the invasion? what does Russia and Putin have to gain with a second Bush term? who can connect Putin's words/actions with the Oil-for-Food scandal?
Seems to me that Putin is playin' the game with these unverified and oddly-timed claims...
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