OK, found the source of the report. The Sunday Mirror in London from their reporter in Baghdad. Looks legit. The story has lots of interesting details. Check it out. The administration is probably going to be annoyed this leaked early, especially the "It is just a ruse to find his location" spin on part of it. If this is actually the case, the next few days may be interesting.
Desperate Saddam Offers Americans Deal (Paul Martin, Sunday Mirror)
SADDAM Hussein has been in secret negotiations with US forces in Iraq for the past nine days, we can reveal.(via The Agonist)
The Iraqi dictator is demanding safe passage to the former Soviet republic of Belarus. In exchange, he has vowed to provide information on weapons of mass destruction and disclose bank accounts where he siphoned off tens of millions of dollars in plundered cash.
President Bush is being kept abreast of the extraordinary talks by his National Security advisor Condoleezza Rice. She is co-ordinating negotiations in Baghdad which are led by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of American forces in Iraq.
Sam, quit worrying about this stuff until you finish your trip report. And don't blame Marilyn, Chad, et al either.
The little email reminder to myself to "do a day" has percolated to the top of my email inbox. This means that I won't be answering email in order until I get another day done. I may try to give it a shot tonight so I can send it to Marilyn and Chad for their parts. But a lot of the stuff related to the "pending news" has been occupying my time, so now even though my network issues have a work around, I've been distracted by other things.
But I will get on it Randall! Just for you!