March 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:17 p.m. CST
MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia says no way. Russia's Foreign Intelligence
Service is denying that Moscow provided information on U-S troop
movements and plans to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
A Foreign Intelligence Service spokesman notes that, what he
calls, ``similar, baseless accusations concerning Russia's
intelligence have been made more than once.'' A duty officer in his
department says the service doesn't believe it's ``necessary to
comment on such fabrications.''
An unclassified Pentagon report released yesterday cites two
captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians collected
information from sources ``inside the American Central Command.''
The documents suggest that battlefield intelligence was provided to
then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein through the Russian ambassador.
One respected independent Moscow-based military analyst says the
report is within the realm of possibility.
Russian intelligence officials have repeatedly denied having any
links to Iraqi spy services.