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Rice, Iraqi Documents and Russian Espionage

In an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Condoleezza Rice said that she sees value in the recently released documents obtained during the invasion of Iraq. Stephen Hayes notes that this contradicts claims from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"We're going to find some important and surprising things in these documents," Rice said.

Hayes uses various media sources' analysis of some of the documents in question to illustrate how the Russians gave Hussein information on the Coalition invasion and advance toward Baghdad.

Rice also addressed revelations, important but not surprising, that former Russian ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Teterenko, passed the U.S. war plan to Iraq shortly before the war began. The charges, based largely on two Iraqi documents captured in postwar Iraq, came in a report issued by the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, and released by the Pentagon late last week. Rice said she is not in a position to confirm or deny the claims but vowed to take "a hard look at the reports" of Russian betrayal.

Required Mopnday reading.

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What is spooky about this story is that the Russians came out immediately and categorically denied it. But the story of passing the war plan to the Iraqi's was out in the open early on in the war. Most scoffed at it but look what's been found since then, particularly in terms of weapons - French, German, and Russian rockets buried in western Iraq as reported by Bill Roggio in late December of 2005.