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CIA tried to make gay sex tape of Saddam

27 May

In one of the more bizarre stories I’ve ever come across, it looks like the CIA was mulling the idea of releasing a fake gay sex tape of Saddam Hussein before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. And it gets even weirder – the spy agency did in fact make a similar fake tape of Osama Bin Laden sitting around drinking with his friends and talking about their exploits with boys.

It’s National Enquirer stuff, but it’s been reported by the Washington Post, based on conversations with unnamed former CIA officials who were involved in the projects. As the story goes, the CIA considered creating a film of a Saddam lookalike having sex with a teenage boy. Iraq was then to be “flooded” with the tape, perhaps followed by a fake news bulletin wherein Saddam abdicated power to his son Uday.

The idea, of course, was to discredit Hussein among his people as some sort of sick pervert.

“It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” one of the former officials told the newspaper. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.”

The plan was scrapped by senior officials, who wisely decided it was “patently ridiculous.” Moreover, as one expert told the Post: “Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East – nobody cares… Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”

I have no idea if that’s true or not, but what I find even more bewildering is that the CIA went ahead with a similar plan for Bin Laden. One of the former CIA officials told the newspaper that the actors were drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees.” I guess the countdown is on for how long it’ll take that video to make it to YouTube.

Anybody who’s read Sex, Bombs and Burgers knows the whole idea for the book started with the Paris Hilton sex video, so I definitely have a special affinity for such stories. This, however, takes the cake!

(Thanks to Wired’s Danger Room for the image idea)

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