Friday, May 20, 2005

Sun publishes Hussein pictures

UK tabloid the Sun has come under fire for publishing pictures of Saddam Hussein in captivity (and in underwear) on its front page. The newspaper claims that it was given the pictures by a US military source, who it refuses to name, in order that the "myth" of the ex-dictator in Iraq might be shattered, and the resistence might be weakened as a result. The newspaper also claimed to know the name and location of the site at which he is being held, but refrained from making these details public.

The US, however, does not seem to agree with this appraisal of the situation, and claims that it is "aggressively investigating" the affair, even going so far as to suggest that the newspaper may have violated the Geneva Convention rules on the humane treatment of prisoners of war. The Sun, of course, is no stranger to defending the legality of the stories it publishes; however, to have to do so in terms of international law may be relatively unkown territory, even for them...

UPDATE: It seems now that Hussein's lawyers have threatened to sue the paper, which remains unrepentent for the time being, even promising more of the same tomorrow.

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