As many news outlets are reporting, there was a new photo of Saddam
published today which caused quite a stir in Baghdad.
It was published by Al-Mutamar
, a new daily published by Ahmed Chalabi, and it features a disheveled downcast Saddam sitting before -- who else? -- Ahmed Chalabi.
Chalabi, with hands clasped, is sitting a couple feet from Saddam and seems to be posing some question, as Saddam looks on sheepishly.
This picture was taken shortly after Saddam's capture when the US military brought in four members of the Interim Governing Council to speak with Saddam: Chalabi and three others.
(The best reproductions
of the picture I've seen are in the Dallas Morning News
Here are a few questions ...
Who took the picture?
Presumably an Army photographer, unless Chalabi was allowed to bring in a camera man from his new paper, which would be, to put it mildly, a bit irregular. Were pictures taken only of Chalabi and Saddam? And regardless of these two questions, why were pictures taken (presumably) by US military photographers given on a exclusive basis to Chalabi?
I bet there's a story there.
LATE UPDATE: I'm told that press reports say that Adnan Pachachi and the other two IGC members were in the photos, but were cropped out
to leave only Chalabi. That of course leaves the questions above even more in need of answer.