A key Foreign Office diplomat responsible for liaising with UN inspectors says today that claims the government made about Iraq's weapons programme were "totally implausible".(Via DowningStreetMemo.com and a comment by Covington on Pharyngula)
He tells the Guardian: "I'd read the intelligence on WMD for four and a half years, and there's no way that it could sustain the case that the government was presenting. All of my colleagues knew that, too".
Carne Ross, who was a member of the British mission to the UN in New York during the run-up to the invasion, resigned from the FO last year, after giving evidence to the Butler inquiry.
He thought about publishing his testimony because he felt so angry. But he was warned that if he did he might be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act
Monday, June 20, 2005
Guardian article: "WMD claims were 'totally implausible'"
A newly published article in The Guardian adds more support to the claim (bolstered by the Downing Street Minutes) that officials in the British and American governments knew that the WMD claims about Iraq were wrong, and just used those claims to justify a war that was already decided on.