Monday, February 18, 2008

Williams draft released

World News

Dossier on Iraq intelligence released after Freedom of Information request

© AP

2008-02-18 13:10:03 -

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Foreign Office says it has released an early draft of a 2002 dossier involving prewar intelligence on Iraq. The release follows a Freedom of Information request.

The file on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities was prepared by the ministry's head of communications at the time, John Williams. But the file is not thought to contain a claim that Iraq could launch a strike with weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.

Campaigners allege the claim was inserted into later drafts in an attempt to bolster ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair's case for war. The claim was later discredited.


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