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It's common knowledge that the Kurds captured him prior to the capture of Baghdad. He was locked up in a dungeon and beaten and tortured on a regular bases. You can see the bruises on his face. For one thing Saddam would not have allowed himself to be so filthy and ill kept. His followers would have looked after him and they wouldn't have put him in a filthy hole in the ground. The hole was dug by the Kurds and he was put their only minutes before the phoney capture was staged. How stupid do you think we Americans are? As Lincoln said: "You can fool most of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. But you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
Pete Peterson, Santa Rosa CA USA

I think its very simplistic and naive to believe that Saddam was betrayed. I suspect he was tired of hiding and forgoing his creature comforts. He chose to be 'betrayed' (therefore no resistance) as he knew he was safer in the hands of the US than in the hands of his own people. He was also assured their protection and the comfort of a clean bed and regular meals.
K.Pope, Dubai, UAE

The programme was very biased and away from the real story indeed. I think the programme was made to emphasis on the American story of "capturing Saddam" and hence give a boost to Bush and Blair's election campaigns.

There were several stories on the early hours of 14th December 2003. One of them, which was the first in the world to publish the news was the news portal which quoted a PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) source.

This was confirmed by Reuters quoting another PUK source at around 10 am. The operation was linked to a PUK commander (Kosrat Rasul Ali) as playing a key role. At least Panorama could have interviewed him (Ali) in order to find out another side of the story, not just the American one.
Bryar Mariwani, UK London

I do not understand why you have to make public the name of the man who betrayed this brutal dictator. Are you trying to get him and his family killed?
Olubukola Apantaku, Shrewsbury UK

Maybe it is just I but from the letters of response posted on this site, I feel quite isolated. Does nobody care for democracy and decency anymore? Despite all the terrible things Saddam and his sons are alleged to have done, do we have to act in a likewise manner? Parading Saddam for the media and showing the dead bodies of his sons is not only against all common decency it is against the Geneva Convention, which seems to have no power anymore. I am so sorry to see that so many people seem to think this is the way we should conduct ourselves in a so called 'civilised society' and can only see that this desire to act as a warmongering police force to the world is bound to continue.
Peter Condon, London

Who made this programme, the BBC or the Whitehouse press office? Yet another example of why the licence fee should go.
Simon, UK

This was a fascinating programme and gave an insight into the demise of a once opulent ruler who ended up hiding in a hole on a farm. I hope it would give more detail about where he hid and for how long, but perhaps on Saddam can reveal that. Despite the fact that Saddam was a brutal dictator, I only hope he has found the time to write his memoirs because his unique life story is totally extraordinary.
James Frankcom, London, England

I watched Jane Corbin's show on Panorama and did not find it objective or constructive. It appeared biased in favour of the triumphal American occupational forces, whose officers were the main people interviewed. Regular reference to Hussein's obvious disrespect for human rights was made, but not enough emphasis was placed on upholding the high principles and values western democracies stand for. In my humble opinion it was not fearless journalism and it undermined the good name of a Panorama production.
David Battaliou, Great Yarmouth, England

Having just watched your programme about the capture of Saddam, you almost made me feel sorry for him. It was so inconsiderate that Saddam's sons' graves were left in such a terrible state after those nasty Americans fired a rocket into their dwellings. I'm surprised that the Panorama team didn't leave flowers for them. The fact that both Saddam's sons' were serial rapists/murderers and torturers was entirely beside the point. Secondly every statement was biased in favour of the Iraqi leader, that nasty American soldier that might have hit Saddam with his rifle but having been spat on, is that such an unbelievable reaction? This man is a barbaric and evil man and deserves everything that happens to him. Panorama again takes the 'left wing' anti American approach. How original.
Paul King, England

I would not waste time worrying about the fate of the security advisor who betrayed Saddam. I wonder how many innocent people he slayed as part of his job. He had precious little thought for his own family when taking on such a high risk job as Saddam was well know to destroy entire families who fell out of favour with him. The fact he got no reward money was a result of him trying to save his own life through talking after being captured, not as a result of wanting to save the lives of others.
Colin Stuart, Dundee, Scotland

After watching your programme I find it difficult to understand why so many people are wanting to find weapons of mass destruction. Isn't it enough to see this man was a man of human destruction and we did right to go in and assist the good people of his country. Weapons of mass destruction should not come in to the equation or should be last on the list when we see so many mass graves, women raped and the country live in poverty with such a wealthy government. If he had them or not, we have saved lives and uncovered something far worse - the true and extent of him and his government.
Jo, England

Jane Corbin seemed to imply that Saddam was humiliated by the footage taken by the Americans after his capture. If this is so, Panorama had no qualms in using every inch of the same footage on her programme. Pot and kettle springs to mind.
Ronnie Allen, UK

The doc on Saddam was superb, informative, riveting, pacy. Congrats
Shane Leathem, N.I

After watching Panorama we strongly felt it was wrong to give out the informant's name (who informed on Saddam's sons). Even the Americans kept it a secret.
Alastair & Joan Cuninghame, Scotland

I am sure the man you claim betrayed Saddam Hussein is thrilled at your disclosure, as will also be his kith and kin who, no doubt, can now expect to be systematically murdered by the remnants of Hussein support. Isn't this irresponsible reporting at its very worst? The simple fact is, the media are the primary support source of terrorism world wide. If there was a complete halt on terrorism reporting it would go away. The media supplies exactly what the terrorists want, exposure.
Noel Lawrence, Canada

Compelling journalism by Jane Corbin on the seeking and capture of Saddam Hussein by the Americans. Clearly a very dangerous and evil man with his sons dead and his past record, it was important that he was captured. This was achieved by the reward money put up for his capture. Once trusted bodyguards were to be his eventual downfall. Careful use of intelligence assured his capture without too many casualties and was captured without putting up a fight. A very well presented programme on the capture of this evil man. A job very well done, I fear had he not have been captured many more allied lives would have been lost than there has already.
Steve Fuller, Hove / England

By revealing the identity of the man who betrayed the whereabouts of Saddam Hussain, the BBC has put the lives of him, his family and his associates in grave jeopardy. Mr Musslit is a nonentity whose part in the capture of Saddam is of only passing public interest. When he is found in an alley with his throat cut will the BBC accept some responsibility for their indiscretion?
Joe Docherty, Bogota, Colombia

Fascinating Programme.
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