The Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch, said the photos it published Friday and Saturday were provided by a U.S. military official it did not identify who hoped their release would deal a "body blow" to the insurgency.
Sun managing editor Graham Dudman told The Associated Press that the newspaper paid "a small sum" for the photos. He would not elaborate except to say it was more than 500 British pounds, which is about $900.
The New York Post, which is also owned by Murdoch, also published the photos on Friday.
Saddam's attorney said he would sue the newspaper "and everyone who helped in showing these pictures."
The U.S. military in Baghdad said the publication of the photos violated U.S. military guidelines "and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals."
I wonder if this is why Fox news has been playing it down all day long?
I wonder if Murdoch told them to play it down?
If he did, I wonder if that was a crime too?
...I wonder if the republican talking heads claiming that the publishing of the pictures is just another example of the liberal media protecting one of it's own (Newsweek)... I wonder if they even know that Murdoch owns The Sun.