Today there was a story in the New York Times that Putin passed along information warning that Saddam was planning to attack the United States.
According to a story reported by Reuters, the State Deportment knows of no such information.
Putin said Russian intelligence had been told on several occasions that Saddam’s special forces were preparing to attack U.S. targets inside and outside the United States.
“After the events of September 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services several times received information that the official services of the Saddam regime were preparing ‘terrorist acts’ on the United States and beyond its borders,” he told reporters.
“This information was passed on to our American colleagues,” he said. He added, however, that Russian intelligence had no proof that Saddam’s agents had been involved in any particular attack.
State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters he did not know anything about the information that Putin said Russia passed on. No such information was communicated from Russia through the State Department, he said.
“Everybody’s scratching their heads,” said one State Department official, who asked not to be named.
Maybe Putin passed it directly to the President through body language.