Friday, Sept 5, 2008
The Government has been ordered to release more detail relating to the ‘dodgy dossier’ that may have exaggerated the case for Iraq war.
The ruling by the Information Commissioner follows a three-year battle by journalist Chris Ames to obtain drafts of the dossier, as well as comments made about them by officials and spy chiefs in the run-up to its publication in September 2002.
Allegations that the dossier was “sexed up” to make a stronger case for the war on Iraq were examined by the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly in 2003.
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Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has rejected the Government’s argument that publishing comments about drafts of the dossier could jeopardise national security.
Mr Thomas said there was “a strong public interest in a degree of exposure of the circumstances of the dossier’s production” in order to assess whether intelligence findings were manipulated to present an exaggerated case for military action.
This article was posted: Friday, September 5, 2008 at 3:21 am