:: Sunday, 26 June 2005 ::
So much happening and none of it making sense
Douglas Woods has been freed from his digusting pig-like captors.
According to Paul McGeogh in the Sydney Morning Herald he was found by accident:
Wood is one of Iraq's more fortunate hostages. He is alive and free only because Iraqi troops, who were not engaged in the search, stumbled across him in captivity.
According to Russell Skelton in The Age the accident theory is garbage:
Hostage Douglas Wood's release was secretly negotiated by Australia about 10 days before he was "accidentally found" by Iraqi troops, The Sunday Age can reveal.
But his freedom was delayed while an elaborate plan was hatched to free him without having to pay $US100,000 ($A130,000) demanded by the criminal gang holding him.
The Sunday Age has learnt that arrangements were made by Australian authorities to fly Mr Wood from Dubai to Australia on an RAAF aircraft as early as June 6, but this was suddenly cancelled without explanation.
Between the two Fairfax newspapers no one is one millimetre closer to knowing the real deal.
What are we meant to do with all this information?
Ignore it, is probably the best course.
:: WB 4:29 am [link+] ::