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George Pero has learned that he will investigate Saddam Hussein only after the administration decides to appoint him for the job.
Peru disclosed the details of the interrogation at a conference of foreign journalists in Washington.
Currently, Peru is the deputy director of the FBI, and heads the International Operations Section of the US Special Service, one of the most important functions of counter-espionage and terrorism. A Peruvian of Lebanese origin who became an American in 2004, was born in Beirut, and interrogated Saddam for months after regime change in Baghdad.
"I did not expect that the administration would charge me with the task of questioning him, they said, they told me that you were just chosen to question Saddam Hussein, can you imagine my shock and surprise?"
According to him, when the Department decided to take this into account, "several key factors" were considered. Saddam Hussein spoke only Arabic, so the person who questioned him would have to know Arabic in order to have a chance of success. "
Peru said:" I was then one of 12 employees who knew the Arabic language in the office, and other factors were that I was in Iraq is part of the first FBI team that was sent to Iraq during the war. So I was aware of the history of the regime that was ruling the Baath Party at that time, Saddam Hussein and maybe there were other factors, but as I said, I just got a phone call and went to work. "
In an interview with CBS in January 2008, he said Saddam Hussein had underestimated President George W. Bush's intentions and believed the United States would not conduct a ground operation. "He told me he was wrong about President Bush's intentions and thought the United States would strike in response to his 1998 strike of four days from the air," he said.
He added that the resistance movement that emerged after the US invasion of Iraq was not the organization of Saddam Hussein. And that Saddam Hussein refused to prove that his country does not possess weapons of mass destruction deliberately in order to create the impression of Iraq as a strong state, including to deter Iran.
Saddam Hussein was executed in December 2006.