Reportedly, he may have been given the money by Libyan Arab Airlines, his employer, to buy aircraft parts.
Or, the money may have been to finance an attempt to include Libya in the Paris to Dakar rally.
Mark Macaskill, who works for Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times, "has intimated in his articles that he is party to anonymously sourced information from MI5." (complaint about Sunday Times arms.)
The Guardian (Media Section) noted Mark Macaskill's work and referred to "an outrageous example of Sunday Times bias, and alleged inaccuracy... on October 17 with a story headlined 'City anarchists stockpile arms'".
This story "was based on the evidence of unnamed sources said to have been found through the internet."
Under the headline 'City anarchists stockpile arms' (17/10/99), Mark Macaskill, and Edin Hamzic, stated that an organisation called Reclaim The Streets was "stockpiling illegal weapons including tear gas and stun guns for a planned riot in the City of London on November 30".
(Mark Macaskill is not to be confused with Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary.)
When it comes to issues such as Lockerbie and Iraq, only brainwashed people believe the Sunday Times.
According to George Monbiot, writing about Iraq, "The Times, the Sunday Times and the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs... all appear to have been willing accomplices in the Pentagon's campaign of disinformation." (Cached )
Is this a CIA channel designed to divide and weaken Iraq?
The channel "dredges up the sectarian divisions that Saddam inspired among Shiites and Sunnis at a time when Iraq is gearing up for crucial national elections." (Jerusalem Post the Middle East and ...)
Or is this a Saddam-run channel and is Saddam trying to make a comeback?
If Saddam is trying to make a comeback, he would not want to promote such a fake video.
The World Tribune – 25 April 2003
"Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has obtained safe haven in Belarus, several intelligence agencies believe.
"Western intelligence sources said several intelligence agencies in the Middle East and Europe base this assessment on new information about a March 29 flight from Baghdad to Minsk.
"They said the flight of a chartered cargo plane could have transported Saddam, his sons and much of his family to Belarus.
"'There's no proof that Saddam was on the plane but we have proof that a plane left on that day from Baghdad airport and arrived in Minsk,' a senior intelligence source said. 'If you can think of anybody else who could obtain permission to fly out of Baghdad in the middle of a war, then please tell me.'" (The Truth Seeker - Hussein Given Safe Haven in Belarus?)
Gulf News Apr 15, 2003
"AN Iranian news agency close to top conservative military figures attributed the fall of Baghdad to a secret tripartite agreement between Saddam Hussein, Russia and the US.
"According to the Baztab agency, 13 days after the start of the war, Saddam and Russian intelligence allegedly pledged to hand over Baghdad with minimal resistance to allied forces provided they spared the lives of Saddam and a hundred of his close relatives.
"You know what, I have this absolute fixation that he’s in Belarus."
Alamo Christian Ministries Online
"An Iraqi Army officer describ(ed) how he saw a US Air Force transport fly Saddam Hussein out of Baghdad.
"The explosive eyewitness testimony was shot by independent filmmaker Patrick Dillon, who recently returned from a risky one-man odyssey in Iraq.
"In the film, the officer, who told Dillon that he commanded a special combat unit during the battle for Baghdad airport and whose identity is temporarily being withheld, explains in detail how he watched as the Iraqi dictator and members of his inner circle were evacuated from Iraq's capital by what he emphatically insists were United States Air Force cargo planes. [...]
"Dillon says his film lends major support to what many have believed for years: that Saddam was little more than an American tool, a stage-managed 'evildoer', just one in a long line of useful villains bought and paid for by the United States in order to better manipulate international politics and commerce." (Iraqi Commander Swears he saw USAF fly Saddam out of Baghdad)
"According to our information, the deposed ruler and his sons were carried to safety in Minsk in late March aboard two chartered airliners." (Saddam in Belarus?)
"Moscow 24 June 2004- Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein cut a deal with the United States before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov said in an interview published on Thursday." ('Saddam, US had pre-war deal')
13 April 2004. "Last week, American authorities arranged a meeting of the former Iraqi dictator with his wife.
"She was the first of Hussein's relatives to meet with the ex-leader of Iraq at a new place, at the American military base in Qatar.
"Accompanied by Sheikh Hamad Al-Tani, Sajida Heiralla Tuffah has arrived from Syria on his private jet in the end of March.
"The outcome of their meeting turned out to be quite scandalous.