The ramifications of the collapsed coup had yet to sink in.
Any remaining hopes within the CIA were quashed when, on June 26, the Agency's Amman station allegedly received a transmission
from one of their secure satellite phones.
On the line was the Mukhabarat, who told astonished CIA agents that the game was up.
Within days the CIA team in Amman vanished.
The US had witnessed a covert action fiasco of a kind not seen since the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Saddam's security services
had rounded up more than 800 suspected plotters, most of whom were tortured and executed.