Secretary of State Colin Powell expects from the US security services the information about the plans of Saddam's regime they received from the Russian colleagues. I am waiting for our intelligence men to say what they have heard or not heard from the Russians, Powell said Wednesday in an interview with Premier radio station in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) that was broadcast by over 100 radio stations in the country.
Powell said this in reply to the request of the anchor to comment on the recent statement by President Putin to the effect that the Russian security services had informed their American colleagues about Saddam Hussein's plans of terrorist attacks against the USA. Frankly speaking, I don't know what the Russians had told or had not told us through intelligence channels - I am not sure now, the Secretary of State added. I think you have heard the Russians say this week that the man [Saddam Hussein] posed a threat, he said. It should be remembered that the Russians were against the conflict, though they admitted that he [Hussein] was a threat.