U.S. military condemns Saddam photos
United Press International | May 20, 2005
The U.S. military has condemned a British newspaper for publishing photographs of Saddam Hussein -- one shows the ex-Iraqi leader in his underwear.
The Sun said it obtained the photos from "U.S. military sources," who handed them over "in the hope of dealing a body blow to the resistance in Iraq," the Guardian reported.
The Sun also showed a photo Friday of Saddam in his cell and another of him washing his clothes under the headline, "Tyrant? He's washed up."
"Saddam is not superman or God. He is now just an aging and humble old man," the Sun reported its source as saying. "It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth."
However, U.S. military officials in Baghdad said they were aggressively investigating who took the photos, which they said violate military guidelines "and possibly Geneva convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals."
"The source of those photos is unknown at this time -- it is believed the photos were taken over a year ago," the U.S. military statement said.