An investigative report on how half a billion dollars disappeared from the Iraqi Defense Ministry
This ground-breaking investigative report by correspondent Steve Kroft reveals massive high-level corruption in Iraq that allowed at least half a billion dollars to be wasted, lost or diverted into private pockets. Kroft and his team traveled to Paris, Poland and Jordan to discover what happened to the aid intended to rebuild Iraq and its military forces. They interviewed an assortment of arms dealers, bankers, money-changers and even a chimney sweep. They found widespread waste on helicopters that would not fly, bulletproof vests that fell apart and other useless equipment purchased for the newly reconstituted Iraqi Army. The team uncovered photos and audio recordings implicating suspects who fled Iraq before Iraqi investigators could arrest them, and Coalition officials did little to help recover the missing money.
Steve Kroft, correspondent; Andy Court, Keith Sharman, producers; Daniel J. Glucksman, editor; Amjad Tadros, field producer, CBS News Amman; Tadd Lascari, Jonathan Schienberg, broadcast associates; Jan Morgan, Jurgen Neumann, camera; Rowland Rowles, Luigi Giuliani, sound; CBS News Baghdad Bureau; additional reporting and translation; Michael R. Whitney, senior broadcast producer; Patti Hassler, executive editor; Jeff Fager, executive producer; Sean McManus, president, CBS News.