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CIA Analysis Finds Tape 'Probably' Saddam

CIA Analysis Finds Tape 'Probably' Saddam

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new audio recording purportedly of Saddam Hussein is probably authentic and was likely recorded recently, a U.S. intelligence official said Friday. The finding is further evidence that Saddam survived the war.

The poor quality of the recording prevents technical analysts from being absolutely certain of its authenticity, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. But references to recent events suggest it is a recent recording, this official said.

The voice on the recording said he was speaking on July 14, and it made reference to the new Governing Council of Iraq, which was established Sunday.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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