The government was forced this week to release an initial draft of the infamous “dodgy dossier” that was used to justify the 2003 attack on Iraq.
It’s no wonder that the foreign office tried to suppress it.
The government has consistently claimed the newly released document was not part of the official drafting process that led to the official dossier prepared two months later by the Joint Intelligence Committee.
But it turns out that the similarities are striking, with entire passages being replicated in the final document.
It’s bad enough that Tony Blair took us into a war apparently on the basis of a document written by a foreign office press officer.
But what’s worse is that the infamous claim that Saddam Hussein could launch chemical weapons within 45 minutes was not in the draft document.
It was written in the margin by someone else in Whitehall and appears in the final dossier – backing up the claim that the dossier was “sexed up” to justify the war.
The Stop the War Coalition has argued from the beginning of the war that Britain went to war on a lie. This is just the latest document to come to light showing Stop the War was right.