Allahpundit — whom Editor & Publisher dishonestly portrayed as a “Hussein doubter” — on November 30, 2006, noted the Ministry of the Interior’s confusion on its own spokesman’s name, because of “the conventions of Arab names,” and asked:
[I]f they could screw up their own spokesman’s name, is it possible that they’ve screwed up Jamil Hussein’s?
And guess what? According to the CPATT representative Bill Costlow, Allah’s speculation was right. Curt from Flopping Aces today quotes Costlow as giving the following explanation for the false denial that Jamil Hussein was an Iraqi police officer:
Media reports about Jamil didn’t use his name as he is known at work so we had trouble finding him (Jamil Gulaim as opposed to Jamil Hussein: the initial query we got from MNFI was for “Jamil Hussein”).
Costlow also says that Hussein is the same guy who recently denied to the MOI that he was the one who had been quoted by the AP.
I’m sure Editor & Publisher will rush to publish a piece commending Allahpundit for his predictive powers.
Ha! Just kidding. If they mention him again, they’ll just lie — again.