Wire story from Moon’s UPI, printed in Moon’s Washington Times, Iraqi govt. papers: Saddam bribed Chirac – (United Press International):
Documents from Saddam Hussein’s oil ministry reveal he used oil to bribe top French officials into opposing the imminent U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
This is almost certainly right-wing propaganda against France, planted in an Iraqi paper for the purpose of being picked up by US media.
A senior Bush administration official said Washington was aware of the reports but refused further comment.
This is White House assistance in this smear job.
Here is some background on the right-wing’s campaign against France. These wingnuts REALLY ARE talking with increasing hostility toward France, with some discussion of military action! FRANCE!