America’s top spy-catcher, Paul Redmond, has suddenly resigned in the middle of his secret investigation into how Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden obtained state-of-the-art U.S. computer software.
The software is claimed to enable the two most wanted men in the world to avoid capture because it can pin-point their every move.
Redmond’s departure last week was accepted “without discussion” by President Bush—the man who had brought the spy catcher out of retirement to conduct the investigation.
Hours after Redmond had cleared his desk, Bush ordered a $25 million bounty on Saddam’s head.
He wants Saddam “dead or alive.” And the same for bin Laden.
Bush has agreed that either man, if caught, would not receive a trial and would be shot after interrogation.
The official reason given for Redmond’s abrupt departure from his wide-ranging investigation reaching deep into the Bush administration was “health reasons.”
But stunned colleagues in the Homeland Security Department in Washington, where Redmond had his office, insist the former associate director of the CIA was in perfect health.
Redmond’s abrupt departure has led to intense speculation that he may have begun to uncover embarrassing details of how the software came into the hands of Saddam and bin Laden.
Documents obtained by the respected International Currency Review, a London based newsletter for the financial community, allege that the software was provided to Saddam on the authority of President Bush’s father when he was in the White House—a time when relations between Iraq and Washington were close, during Baghdad’s war with Iran.