John Nixon was a career intelligence officer when he was named chief analyst for Iraq and sent to Baghdad after the US led the invasion in 2003. One night, he was summoned to a heavily fortified military facility and asked to make positive identification on a just-captured prisoner, a man thought to be HVT-1 (High Value Target #1)--Saddam Hussein. With the identification made, Nixon was chosen to be the first primary interrogator of Saddam for the U.S. government. What he learned about the former Iraqi dictator, and the tenor of their conversations, provides many contrarian currents to what we know about Iraq, America's motive for our involvement there, and the way government bureaucracies often care more about taking credit and prestige than real intelligence.
John Nixon was a senior leadership analyst with the CIA for 13 years (1998-2011). He did several tours in Iraq and was recognized by several federal agencies for his contribution to the war effort. During his time with the CIA, John regularly wrote for, and briefed, the most senior officials of the U.S. government. Since leaving the Agency in 2011, John has worked as an international risk consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and currently works for a private security firm.
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