Eric Maddox in the Media
Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies
Eric Maddox was featured on this eight-part CNN Original Series. Each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage.
Maddox’s highly anticipated visit lived up to its billing as guests raved about the presentation and greatly enjoyed the one-on-one time they were able to spend with Eric up close and personal with his book signing and photo session.
While all the intelligence specialists said there was no way Saddam was in his hometown of Tikrit, Eric’s own personal information gathering system and analysis directed him to focus on the region.
“Mission: Black List #1” was released Dec. 13, 2008, to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Saddam Hussein”s capture. Prior to this, the real story of the manhunt, and the personnel involved had not been revealed to the public. In the book, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox pulls back the curtain to reveal a detailed, day-by-day account of the five-month, comprehensive search for Saddam.
“As a military interrogator in the Iraqi backwater of Tikrit, Maddox was forced to develop his own methods of getting information from the locals after the techniques he’d learned in the army failed miserably.
But by going against what the military had taught him, Maddox secured the ultimate success and got the information that led U.S. troops to capture Hussein in December 2003.”
“In May 2013, Maddox keynoted a Young President’s Organization (YPO) event at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center (an event attended by the dean). He recounted the five-month period in 2003 when he – as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – conducted more than 300 interrogations in Iraq, zeroing in on Hussein’s inner circle. Just hours before he left the country, Maddox pinpointed Hussein’s location in Takrit. The official announcement shocked the world: “Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!”
(CNN)Mind games can be stealthy weapons. Perhaps no one knows this better than Eric Maddox.
WASHINGTON – He is the man who tracked down the Ace of Spades: Saddam Hussein, the top card in the U.S. military’s deck of cards, found crouching like a mole in a darkened spider hole under a trap door at the back of a farm in Tikrit.
For the first time since the Army’s 4th Infantry Division captured Saddam in a dramatic raid on Dec. 13, 2003, the U.S. intelligence officer who hunted him down has come forward with his story.