"Bulgarian Member" of Iraq's Special Services

Politics | February 1, 2004, Sunday // 00:00

One of the Iraqi intelligence agents that worked abroad was a Bulgarian Professor, who had close relations with former US President Bill Clinton, Editor-in-Chief of Iraqi newspaper Al Sabah Ismail Zahir told Bulgarian bTV channel on Saturday.

He added that the Al Mada newspaper had the names of secret Iraqi agents listed, and was going to publish the information soon.

That Bulgarian man was in close contact with former US President Bill Clinton, and also often visited Iraq and wrote reports for the country's intelligence, Zahir insisted.

His words came after last Sunday Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada Daily published a list of 46 organisations, companies and individuals worldwide who had received oil bribes in exchange for supporting former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. The list includes the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Plovdiv-based private company of IraqBulOil.

Mousa said he believed the list was an authentic document from the state archive.

The Bulgarian Socialists have had relations with Saddam, now it's time for party members themselves to denounce those contacts, Mousa insisted.

Earlier, the first results of the check launched by the party revealed that Professor Zahari Zahariev, member of the Supreme Council of BSP, had held negotiations with the Iraqi state petrol company in December 2001. Zahariev refuted all those claims, saying that he has never been to Iraq as a BSP member.

On Sunday, following Zahir's claims, Zahariev said that the "intelligence agent" referred to might actually be Stoyan Ganev, Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg's former chief of staff. Next came Ganev's angry remark that whoever dares to make such accusations would be "sorry they were born."

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