Update: Mar. 15, 1999


UNSCOM's shroud of respectability was further shredded last week when the Washington Post reported that U.S. spies used the U.N. Special Commission arms-inspection agency as cover for Washington's solo espionage efforts. For three years, U.S. intelligence operatives tapped into Iraqi military communications without the knowledge of UNSCOM, the international team of arms controllers dedicated to hunting down and eliminating weapons that Iraq had pledged to destroy following its defeat in the Gulf War.

Two months ago--after revelations that U.S. spies had helped UNSCOM, with its assent--the U.S. government issued a statement declaring that its help "was...

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