Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Outstanding Questions

Renewed calls for Iraq war probe

By Alex Barker

Published: February 19 2008 02:00 Last updated: February 19 2008 02:00

Opposition parties renewed calls for an inquiry into the origins of the Iraq war yesterday as the government published a contentious early draft of the dossier on Iraq's alleged weapons programmes.

Critics of the war have long claimed that the document, drafted by a former communications director at the Foreign Office, would highlight any political influence exerted on intelligence agencies to justify the invasion.

However, John Williams' draft - published at the request of the information commissioner after three years of pressure from campaigners - appears to provide little additional evidence of undue influence and leaves many activists' outstanding questions unanswered. Alex Barker

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2008


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