A US Senate report claims that George Galloway and former French minister Charles Pasqua were granted potentially lucrative oil allocations by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Galloway has already won one libel suit against the Telegraph over similar claims, although the US is quick to point out that the new allegations "have no relation" to those discussed in the earlier suit.
Galloway never one to shy from taking the offensive claims that "These are the same false allegations which are still the subject of a libel action with the Daily Telegraph - so far I'm £1.6m up." He also stated:
"I have never traded in a barrel of oil... This is a lickspittle Republican committee, acting on the wishes of George W Bush."
The most interesting part of the story so far to Londonist's ears is that Galloway has "written and e-mailed repeatedly" requesting the opportunity to appear before the committee and rebut the claims, but they "have yet to respond".
Galloway standing before the US Senate and letting loose his well practiced rhetoric against his accusers? We're drooling at the thought of seeing that happen. We also feel a little sorry for the Americans involved who are probably more used to people 'pleading the fifth' and their own muzzled press not rocking the boat. Galloway, well used to crossing swords with the likes of Jeremy Paxman, should provide excellent fodder for Jon Stewart if he ever gets to have his say over there.