Ben notes this passage from this SFGate story:
‘(Saddam’s) generals have been getting personal messages, including e-mail and cell phone calls, urging them not to fight.’
Then speculates exactly what such a message might look like…
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 12:30:18 -0800
From: ben (spam-protected)
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