Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Denies Moscow Provided Intelligence to Iraq

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.

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