Did the Interim Iraqi Defense Minister have these two Americans murdered for $300 million?
In the middle of a election that will decide who controls Iraq, Interim Iraqi Defense Minister Hazim Shaalan has announced that Ahmad Chalabi -- a rival candidate -- will be arrested
on 13-year-old charges
. But why now? Shaalan says Chalabi "wanted to malign the reputation of the defense ministry". How?
Shaalan claims Chalabi released documents
accusing Shaalan of being a former member of the Mokhaberat
, Saddam's intelligence service. (Shaalan claims political fraud, with the intent of silencing his claims against the Iranians
Chalabi claims that Shaalan flew $300 million in U.S. currency
to a shady businessman in Lebanon, bypassing financial controls, the public bidding process, and Iraqi government oversight.
So, how does this tie in with Stoffel and Wemple? Stoffel recently alerted senior U.S. officials
that the Iraqi Defense Ministry was involved in a kickback scheme involving a shady businessman in Lebanon and a multimillion-dollar arms deal
. Late last year, Stoffel
, a prominent Republican donor
and arms dealer, met with aides to Sen. Santorum
, R-Pa. Santorum wrote Donald Rumsfeld on Stoffel's behalf, asking him to raise the issue with Shaalan. Stoffel was later invited by the Coalition to arbitrate a solution with the Lebanese businessman. After several days, the arbitrator told the businessman to pay Stoffel -- a debt which is still unpaid. Upon leaving the base, Stoffel and Wemple were attacked and killed nearby. A video
from a previously unknown terrorist group claimed responsibility, but one expert suggests that the video may be "manufactured".
A reporter recently granted an interview with an Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman was forbidden to ask "dangerous" questions about the contract
. Stoffel and Wemple are survived by their wives and five children.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jan 22, 2005 -