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Pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underpants could spell trouble for News Corporation - Telegraph

News Corporation, the parent company of News International, could face an investigation in the US over its payment to a US soldier for pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underpants.

In 2005 The Sun published a series of photographs of the deposed dictator in prison in Iraq, under the front page headline "The Tyrant's In His Pants".

The newspaper made no secret of the fact that it had paid a US military source for the photographs, but the US website The Daily Beast has now reported that the money was handed over on American soil, meaning an offence could have been committed in the US.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2012 at 11:42:44 AM EST
Did The Sun pay bribes to get famous picture of Saddam in his pants? - Press - Media - The Independent

Wearing a pair of white Y-fronts, Saddam Hussein was splashed across The Sun  and the New York Post in 2005, a global scoop by Rupert Murdoch's voracious news empire.

At the time the US President, George W Bush, announced an inquiry into how the papers had acquired the image of the "Beast of Baghdad" while he was in the custody of US troops in Iraq.

Now the picture is again a matter of controversy, following a claim that Mr Murdoch's holding company, News Corporation, obtained it by bribing a member of the US military. The American news website The Daily Beast asked: "Did News Corp illegally purchase Saddam Hussein picture from US officials?" It reported: "Sources close to the story have told The Daily Beast that the payment was significantly greater [than £500] and was made to a US official on American soil."



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2012 at 02:46:19 PM EST
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Saddam Hussein underpants photos defended by News Corp | Media | guardian.co.uk

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has aggressively defended the publication of pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underpants by the Sun and the New York Post in 2005, following suggestions that the publisher of the tabloids could face investigation in the US over payments made to obtain them.

The picture was run on the front pages of both newspapers in May 2005 -- prompting a complaint from President Bush's spokesperson -- and the Sun's managing editor Graham Dudman admitted paying for pictures of the late Iraqi dictator in captivity that were alleged to have come from the US military.

"The Tyrant's In His Pants," said the Sun's headline -- while the New York Post opted for "Butcher of Sagdad" against an image of Hussein wearing nothing more than a pair of white Y-fronts.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2012 at 04:36:25 PM EST
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Twitter / Brown_Moses: #Murdocalypse - The Saddam ...
#Murdocalypse - The Saddam in his pants photo story has now reached the Arab press http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/20/250728.html ... cc @peterjukes @mr_ceebs


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 20th, 2012 at 02:33:08 PM EST
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