The publication of a photo of Saddam Hussein in his underwear, on the front page of Britain’s biggest selling newspaper, has provoked a strong reaction from US military chiefs. They have launched an inquiry, saying pictures in “The Sun” contravene the former Iraqi leader’s rights and possibly the Gevena Convention on prisoner treatment.
The paper has published a series of intimate snapshots of Saddam in his prison cell, while he awaits trial on crimes against humanity. The images are said to have been handed over by soldiers who wanted to deal a blow to the resistance in Iraq.
The US military is still trying to restore its credibility after the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Graib prison. It is also having to deal with violence in Afghanistan, sparked by protest over reports of allegations that Guantanamo Bay interrogators had desecrated the Koran.
In other controversy today, US first lady Laura Bush has contradicted the White House. She says the president should have been interrupted during a bike ride to be told about a recent plane scare over Washington, an alert that forced her to take cover in a bunker.