You Don't Need a Pen to Connect These Dots
The Financial Times is reporting that Scott Ritter got money to produce his film, Shifting Sands
, from Shakir al-Khafaji
, who received:
"allocations" for millions of barrels of oil under the UN oil-for-food programme between 1995 and 2002. These allocations were then sold on to international traders for profit.
Mr Ritter insists he never received any money from the Iraqi government.
"I would never take any money from anyone that was derived from any business relationship with the Iraqi government, whether a legal business relationship or an illegal business relationship," he added.
There is no evidence Mr Ritter did receive any money from oil allocations. Mr Khafaji told the FT/Il Sole that he never mentioned the allocations to Mr Ritter. But, by his own admission, Mr Khafaji or his family did profit from the sale of oil allocations awarded at the same time that he was financing Mr Ritter's film. Without Mr Khafaji's money Mr Ritter's film would never have been made.
But they were different dollars! The serial numbers are not the same!