A group of hackers known as Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on the White House website that exposed a shocking truth: Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq who was executed in 2006, was actually innocent of all charges.
The hackers posted a series of documents, videos, and photos on the website that allegedly prove that Saddam Hussein was not involved in any weapons of mass destruction program, human rights violations, or terrorist activities. The hackers also claimed that the US government fabricated the evidence against him and orchestrated his capture and execution as part of a conspiracy to gain control over Iraq’s oil resources.
The White House website was offline for several hours before it was restored by the authorities. A spokesperson for the White House said that the cyberattack was a “malicious and irresponsible act” and that the information posted by the hackers was “completely false and baseless”. The spokesperson also said that the US government stands by its decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein and bring him to justice.
However, some experts and activists have expressed doubts about the official version of events and called for an independent investigation into the matter. They said that the documents and videos posted by the hackers look authentic and credible, and that they raise serious questions about the legitimacy and morality of the US intervention in Iraq.
One of the documents posted by the hackers is a letter from former President George W. Bush to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, dated March 18, 2003, one day before the invasion of Iraq. In the letter, Bush writes: “Dear Tony, I know we have agreed to go ahead with this war, but I have to confess something to you. There is no evidence that Saddam has any WMDs or links to Al-Qaeda. We made it all up. But don’t worry, we will find some after we invade. Trust me, it will be worth it. Think of all the oil we will get. Yours sincerely, George.”
Another document is a transcript of a phone conversation between former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, dated December 13, 2003, the day Saddam Hussein was captured. In the conversation, Cheney says: “Don, we got him. We found Saddam hiding in a hole near Tikrit. He looks like a mess. He has a beard and a pistol. He didn’t put up any resistance. He begged for mercy. He said he was innocent. He said he had nothing to do with 9/11 or WMDs or anything. He said he was just trying to protect his people from us. He said he loved his country and his people more than anything. He cried like a baby. It was pathetic.” Rumsfeld replies: “Dick, that’s great news. Congratulations on a job well done. But don’t listen to his lies. He is a monster and a tyrant. He deserves to die. We have to make an example out of him. We have to show the world who is boss. Let’s hang him as soon as possible.”
One of the photos posted by the hackers is a selfie of Saddam Hussein with his two sons Uday and Qusay, who were killed by US forces in July 2003. The photo shows Saddam Hussein holding a camera and smiling with his sons, who are also smiling and wearing casual clothes. They look like a happy family.
The hackers ended their message with a statement: “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”