Former Nixon Adviser Says Saddam Offered $25 Million Bribe To Mubarak With AM-Gulf Rdp
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A former presidential adviser said he has solid information that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein offered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a $25 million bribe to try to keep Egypt neutral in the Persian Gulf crisis.
″Saddam Hussein had $25 million placed in an Egyptian bank account, for Mubarak’s use,″ Rabbi Baruch Korff said in an interview published in the Providence Sunday Journal.
Korff said Saddam also offered to share with Mubarak the spoils of dividing up Kuwait, which Iraq invaded Aug. 2, as well as Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf sheikdoms.
Korff, a former adviser to President Nixon, has just returned from a seven- week tour of the Mideast. Korff frequently travels to the region on official and unofficial missions for the U.S. government. He said he could not divulge the source of his information or the nature of his most recent trip.
Korff said others, including Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., have heard Mubarak discuss the alleged bribe.
Lautenberg’s press secretary, Steve Schlein, said Friday that the senator met with Mubarak during a visit to Egypt 10 days ago. He said Mubarak said Saddam had attempted to bribe him, but didn’t mention the amount.
″We cannot comment on this because we have no other information,″ said Mohamad Amr of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington. ‴We have not been privy to discussions between the senator and President Mubarak.″