It seems that as American forces were entering Iraq, the Russian ambassador was feeding Saddam Hussein information about the US strategy and troop movements.
That at least is the story according to the Pentagon, who issued a report on the matter yesterday.
The Russians, seemingly, were telling Saddam that they obtained the information from sources inside the U.S. Central Command headquarters in Doha.
However, it seems that key details provided to Hussein by the Russians were wrong.
At this point I would suggest that the Americans probably knew full well that the Russians were playing dirty, and were most likely feeding them false information.
Five days after the invasion of Iraq the Russians sent a report to Saddam.
It warned that as U.S. forces moved from Kuwait, troops would bypass Iraqi cities and instead occupy the countryside, thereby isolating the rest of the country from its western border.
On April 2nd 2003, Iraq's foreign minister sent a memo to Hussein telling him that he had information from the Russian ambassador in Baghdad. The memo said that U.S. forces would not invade Baghdad until after the 4th Infantry Division arrived.
Needless to say the intelligence proved wrong, as sure as eggs are eggs the Americans were wise to the Russians game and were feeding false information.
Nonetheless, the Russians have some explaining to do!