Putin’s boost to Bush
The week's news at a glance.
President Vladimir Putin surprised diplomats across the world this week when he said that Russian intelligence had determined after 9/11 that Iraq was planning a terrorist attack on the U.S. Putin said that after the 9/11 attacks, Russia gave U.S. authorities information that official organs of Saddams regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the U.S. State Department officials said this week that they werent sure what Putin was referring to. Everyones scratching their heads, one official said. Some Russian newspapers suggested that Putin was trying to boost Bushs re-election chances, since Bush has been quiet about human rights abuses in Chechnya.