Saddam's FBI Interrogator Says Iraqi Dictator Did Not Expect a US Invasion

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Saddam Hussein allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction to deter rival Iran and did not think the United States would stage a major invasion, according to an FBI interrogator who questioned the Iraqi leader after his capture.

Saddam expected only a limited aerial attack by the United States and thought he could remain in control, the FBI special agent, George Piro, told CBS's "60 Minutes" program in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

"He told me he initially miscalculated ... President Bush's intentions," said Piro. "He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998 ... a four-day aerial attack."

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Lorraine Paul - 2/1/2008

What a hollow laugh - Saddam kept denying he had wmd. It was Bush and Cheney who 'allowed' the world to think he had wmd!

A ridiculous piece of information from a tv show, which, if it is anything like its Australian equivalent, is considered 'boutique cheque-book' journalism!