It has been 10 years since Saddam Hussein was captured and executed to death. Although he was hanged live on television, a huge amount of earth’s population still believes he had a body double.
While the thought might bring you confusion, former CIA analyst John Nixon, who invested a lot of time knowing the Iraqi strongman, still confirmed that the man who died publicly was indeed Saddam Hussein.
Back in December 2003, when U.S. forces captured Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the CIA had a specialist who could identify and interrogate him for information. That person was CIA analyst John Nixon.
When Nixon joined the CIA in 1998, his job was to study Saddam. Additionally, his role was to gather insights from our then world leaders, analyzing “what made them tick,” he told the BBC.
“When a crisis hits, policy makers come to us with the questions about who these people are, what they want, why are they doing this.”
Nixon was in Iraq when the U.S. needed someone to identify Saddam when U.S. troops captured him. The former president had been hiding underground, next to farm buildings near his hometown of Tikrit.
There were rumors at that time, saying Saddam had a number of body doubles. However, before Nixon left the CIA in 2011, he said, “There was no doubt in my mind as soon as I saw him, that it was him”.
“When I started talking to him, he gave me the same look he had on a book that had sat on my desk for years. Surreal doesn’t come close.”
John Nixon’s Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein
"When I interrogated Saddam, he told me: 'You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.'" –John Nixon pic.twitter.com/a0dAeO7SUy
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After his life as a CIA asset, Nixon authored a book about his interrogation of Saddam Hussein, whom he described as a “mass of contradictions.”
According to him, Saddam has a “human side” in great contrast of what the U.S. media showed the world. He added that the former president was one of the most charismatic individuals he has ever encountered. “When he wanted to be he could be charming, nice, funny and polite.”
Nixon, who said former President George Bush only heard what he wanted to, said he was ashamed how Iraq turned out to be after Saddam’s execution.
In fact, recently, he put forth the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) could have been prevented if Saddam remained in place.