The paper also quoted unidentified former Iraqi officials as claiming that Saddam's fall had been precipitated by the betrayal of three of his cousins. It referred to an article in France's weekly Journal du Dimanche naming one of the alleged culprits, Gen. Maher Sufyan Jgheib al-Takriti, a senior Special Republican Guard commander, who was purportedly paid millions of dollars for his efforts before being bundled out of Iraq. Versions of the story keep resurfacing in the Arab press, which suggests it might actually have some merit.
I have seen this story circulate on the web, especially in foreign press since the day Baghdad fell. It lost some momentum, but seems to be picking up steam again.