Australian newspaper claims to have new Saddam audiotape
An Australian newspaper said Wednesday it had been handed an audiotape purported to have been recorded by Saddam Hussein inside Iraq earlier this week.
The Sydney Morning Herald said its correspondent in Baghdad was given the tape by two men because they had been unable to pass it to any Arab broadcasters.
In the tape, the voice said to belong to Saddam called on Iraqis to “face the invaders and kick them out from Iraq” using a “secret style of struggle”.
The voice continued: “Through this secret means, I am talking to you from inside Great Iraq and I say to you, the main task for you, Arab and Kurd, Shia and Sunni, Muslim and Christian and the whole Iraqi people of all religions, your main task is to kick the enemy out from our country.”
The newspaper said it was handed the tape by two men who approached its car, clearly marked “Press”, outside the Palestine Hotel on Monday.
One of the men, who the newspaper said “seemed nervous”, asked for directions to the offices of al-Jazeera or Al Arabiya TV while his companion waited behind the wheel of a taxi.
When he was directed to the main television base in the Palestine Hotel, which is guarded by US troops, he appeared to lose heart and returned to the car.
The Australian publication said its interpreter, Kifah Hameed Mehdi, went after him to ask why he wanted to talk to the media and the driver of the car handed over a tape, saying it was a copy of Saddam’s most recent speech.
The Sydney Morning Herald said it would hand the tape to the US authorities. (Albawaba.com)