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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:38 pm
If you ever have the misfortune to be kidnapped in Iraq and be a supporter of the war, you can expect a far-reaching Melbourne Age investigation:
After a far-reaching investigation into Wood’s business activities in Baghdad and London, and into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and astonishingly coincidental discovery by Iraqi troops on the day he was due to be released, The Sunday Age can reveal for the first time …
The investigation results in 3,067 words trashing Douglas Wood, largely based on the testimony of a former business partner who split with Wood 14 months ago. Wood—who had a “reputation around Baghdad for not paying his bills”—is described as “unreliable” and his business claims as “fanciful”; his “puzzling” kidnapping is said to have taken place “in controversial circumstances”. Cheapskate Wood has given “only” $US5000 to the widow of one of his Iraqi staffers, killed by the kidnappers. Another trusted Age source, crank cleric Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, offers that Wood made “disturbing” claims about “his activities in Iraq” in a video so far not released to the media. “His determination to cash in on his harrowing 47 days as a hostage suggests he needs money,” declares the Age, which repeats reports that Wood was paid “in excess of $400,000” for his Network Ten appearance, although Wood subsequently (in an ABC interview referenced by the Age) said the amount was “more like $250,000”. Wood declined to speak to the Age, leading to this bitchy line: “The future may not be all plain sailing for Wood as he continues to hide from public viewbehind his agents and minders …”
By contrast, plain sailing is guaranteed for former human shield Donna Mulhearn, whose puzzling tales from Iraq have attracted no Age investigation. Whatever happened, for example, to Donna’s adoption plans for a limbless Iraqi baby? Were the child’s deformities the result of chemical weapons used by Saddam Hussein, as originally reported, or—as Mulhearn claims—because of wicked American weaponry?
Noura is a D.U baby. That is, she was born with deformities linked to the use of depleted uranium in the 1991 Gulf War. She was born with no arms and legs, so she’s just a torso and a head.
A head, you say? Some DU babies would kill to be so well-equipped. Other questions for the Age’s investigators: How much money has Mulhearn earned from her speaking engagements, and does her availability for same suggest she “needs money”? How did Mulhearn know shots fired at her from an unseen source came from US soldiers? And when she says her “hands were covered with blood” causing her passport to be “stained red” and left “damp with my blood”, shouldn’t there be a hell of a lot more … blood?
Investigate that, losers.
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