Jamil Hussein just might exist, after all, but it appears that he is being arrested. I wonder if we will now learn just how many of those stories he fed the AP were real. I think we still have a long way to go before we know the full story on this one. Stay tuned.
The AP reports:
The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.
Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.
The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.
The U.S. military and the Iraqi Interior Ministry raised the doubts about Hussein in questioning the veracity of the AP’s initial reporting on the incident, and the Iraqi ministry suggested that many news organization were giving a distorted, exaggerated picture of the conflict in Iraq. Some Internet bloggers spread and amplified these doubts, accusing the AP of having made up Hussein’s identity in order to disseminate false news about the war.
Khalaf offered no explanation Thursday for why the ministry had initially denied Hussein’s existence, other than to state that its first search of records failed to turn up his full name. He also declined to say how long the ministry had known of its error and why it had made no attempt in the past six weeks to correct the public record.Hat tip to Lucianne.
Update: Curt has posted his response to this latest development, as well as a reminder of earlier reports, at Flopping Aces.
Update II: Karl has an excellently sourced post at Protein Wisdom on this story, with an update from Jeff Goldstein about liberal reaction. I don’t have any posts to cite for him, but saw much of the same in the comments to this thread.
Update III: Bob Owens explains that existence is not synonymous with credibility. It is sad that he would have to explain such a thing, but that is the way things are these days in these “fake, but accurate” times.