Monday, July 31, 2006

Mrs Olivia Bosch

Hearing Transcripts

1 Thursday, 4th September 2003
2 (10.30 am)


23 Q. Did you at all discuss issues relating to the media after May 2003, when the story blew up again?

A. Yes, because the media, again, and politicians were wanting to assess where the weapons were; and we were both talking about it and we were always talking about that there was to be an emphasis on the programmes, that the press and everyone was somewhat too focused on the weapon as a smoking gun because that really was not the issue, it was the programmes. Because programmes imply intent to have a capability. And that was quite important and had not really seemed to be brought out in any of the coverage. And it was -- we would talk about what trends the journalists were pursuing and what some of the themes were. And there were, I guess, about three occasions when he was concerned about press reporting of him.

Q. That is to say the press reports which seemed to rely on him or named him?

A. Well, one in particular that named him. He mentioned that he did speak to journalists -- let me, if I may, look to my notes on something now.

Q. Perhaps I can just call up BBC/4/165. You will see an article appearing on the screen in front of you.

A. Okay.

Q. It is an article in the Sunday Times on 13th April.

A. I had not actually seen that article but what he did mention, and it was about that time that David -- he told me he was surprised to find that a journalist he had known quite well had quoted his name in an article. He did not tell me who that journalist was, although I know from the Inquiry who it is.

LORD HUTTON: Yes. Yes. What was the name he mentioned?

A. He did not mention -- at that time he did not mention to me the name of the journalist.

LORD HUTTON: I see, yes.

A. He would be very discreet often in that manner.

MR KNOX: It may be this. This is an article written on 13th April 2003 by Mr Rufford.

A. Right.

Q. You will see, in the fourth paragraph down, there is a reference to: "Dr David Kelly, the UN's former chief weapons inspector, said al-Saadi 'knew where all the bodies were buried', adding: 'He advised Saddam on what he could get away with'."



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