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Alastair Campbell 'misled' Chilcot over dossier

"We were explicitly told to make case for war" , says top intelligence official. Alastair Campbell misled the Iraq Inquiry, according to a senior intelligence officer who has claimed that intense political pressure was applied to turn a dossier reporting on Saddam Hussein 's absent weapons of mass destruction arsenal into a justification for invading Iraq. Tony Blair 's communications director had repeatedly dismissed claims that the dossier of September 2002 was embellished to pave the way for military action. He told the inquiry: "It was not the case for war, it was the case why the Prime Minister has become more concerned." But Mr Campbell's version is directly contradicted by the man who was Director General of Defence Intelligence...

Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show. The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain's involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair's cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives are at odds with the public denials of self-interest from oil companies and Western governments at the time. The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's involvement in the Iraq...

United Kingdom - Iraq Inquiry told to "protect US interests"

From the wikileaks website: UK promises to protect “your interests” (of the United States) during the inquiry led by Sir Chilcot on the war in Iraq The Ministry of Defence decided to influence the official inquiry into the Iraq War in order to "protect US interests", according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. A dispatch sent by Ellen Tauscher , the US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, describes a conversation with Jon Day , the MOD Director General for security policy, in which he "promised that the UK had ’put measures in place to protect your [US] interests’ during the UK inquiry into the causes of the Iraq War. Day made the...