Archive for 'Intelligence' Category

What can Dearlove possibly be hiding?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

by Chris Ames The Telegraph has run another story reminding us that Richard Dearlove, who was head of MI6/SIS at the time of the Iraq Dossier and the invasion, has threatened to spill the beans if he is criticised by the Inquiry. The story is based on the announcement that Dearlove is to leave his […]

Dearlove places pre-emptive pressure on Chilcot?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, July 21, 2013

by Andrew Mason Reported today in The Sunday Mail is a story concerning Sir Richard Dearlove’s continuing displeasure about Downing Street’s use of MI6 intelligence material to make the case for war. A security source told The Mail on Sunday: “This is Sir Richard’s time-bomb. He wants to set the record straight and defend the […]

Revisiting the life and death of Dr David Kelly

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, July 5, 2013

by Andrew Mason Writing in yesterday’s Guardian, Robert Lewis, the author of the newly published and first ‘proper’ biography of Dr David Kelly CMG, Dark Actors: The Life and Death of David Kelly, states that he has broken faith with the various suggestions that Dr Kelly died by any means other than of his own […]

Belief, evidence and proof – from Iraq to Syria

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013

by Chris Ames The suggestion that the Syrian opposition, as well as the Syrian government itself, may have used chemical weapons continues to provide an interesting lens through which to consider the concepts of evidence, proof and indeed belief when it comes to intelligence on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. There has been some […]

Cameron: Iraq Inquiry redundant

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, April 29, 2013

by Chris Ames The situation in Syria and allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons has brought inevitable comparisons with Iraq, with the obvious suggestion that Western governments are more reluctant as a result both to make intelligence-based claims about weapons of mass destruction and to intervene militarily on the basis of such claims. […]

Howard shoots Blair down under

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, April 8, 2013

by Chris Ames In the ongoing debate in Australia about whether there should be an inquiry into that country’s participation in the invasion of Iraq, former PM John Howard is to make a speech defending his actions. A version of the speech is online on website, with the predictable title Errors were made but […]

If you just take the executive summary

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

by Chris Ames The BBC’s story on Tony Blair saying that he has no regrets over the invasion of Iraq largely concentrates on his comparison of the cost of the war in human lives, compared to what Blair thinks might have happened had Saddam have been left in power.  The orignal justification for the war […]

Butler not told about Habbush or Sabri

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, March 18, 2013

by Chris Ames Tonight’s Panorama (BBC1 10.35 ) takes another look at the way that “key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies. ” A lot of the stories about the dodgy sources, including the notorious 45 […]

The search for the smoking gun

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, March 8, 2013

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s latest politics weekly podcast includes a discussion about the legacy of Iraq, including a brief contribution (over the phone) from myself. Invited to say whether a real smoking gun has emerged, I suggested the John Williams draft of the September WMD dossier, which was released five years ago. This document […]

More on Dossier radio drama

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, March 1, 2013

by Chris Ames The BBC has put out some more information about tomorrow’s Radio 4 drama on the September 2002 dossier, which is largely based on the story of former Digest contributor the late Brian Jones. Here’s what the media centre are saying: Saturday Drama: The Iraq Resolution A dramatization of the inside story of […]