Archive for 'Secretariat' Category

Dr David Kelly – not to be mentioned at Inquiry

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013

by Andrew Mason Writing for The Mail on Sunday, Miles Goslett reports that Carne Ross, formerly the first secretary to the UK Mission at the UN with responsibility for Iraq, has now spoken out about being restricted from discussing the late Dr David Kelly CMG whilst giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry. A former British […]

Key letter is indeed “missing”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 22, 2011

by Chris Ames I wrote earlier this month about a key document (in fact two versions of a letter) that the Foreign Office said it was unable to find in response to my freedom of information request. At the time I passed this information on to the Inquiry, which has now confirmed that it has […]

Margaret Aldred and the rendition cover-up

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

by Chris Ames In January 2006 the New Statesman published a leaked Foreign Office memo from the previous month that discussed what the UK government knew about rendition, extraordinary rendition and torture at US interrogation centres. Having established that the US was using its own definitions of torture to ignore international conventions, the memo asked: […]

Margaret Aldred and the SOFA

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, February 4, 2011

by Chris Ames Returning to the subject of Inquiry secretary Margaret Aldred’s involvement in the government’s Iraq policy in the four and a half years before she took up her current role, a US embassy cable published by Wikileaks places her at a meeting less than a year before the Inquiry started, where a key […]

Margaret Aldred and the Iraq Senior Officials Group

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011

by Chris Ames Returning to the significant involvement of Margaret Aldred, the Inquiry’s secretary, in the government’s Iraq policy between 2004 and 2009 and therefore in the very matters that the Inquiry is examining, this section of transcript from last January’s hearing with Simon McDonald is very revealing: The hearing is discussing a highly controversial […]

Chilcot digs his own hole over Aldred

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011

by Chris Ames The Inquiry – and Sir John Chilcot in particular – don’t seem to understand that their attempts to cover up the significant role of Inquiry secretary Margaret Aldred in the (Labour) government’s Iraq policy for four and a half years are undermining any reputation they may have for openness and honesty. Margaret […]

Conspiracy (theory) at the Inquiry

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

by Chris Ames From the Western Mail: THE Iraq Inquiry is “flawed and compromised” because of a conflict of interest at the heart of the investigation into the invasion, Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd claimed yesterday. The head of the secretariat for Sir John Chilcot’s committee is Margaret Aldred – previously director general and […]

Secretary called into question at ‘stitch-up’ Iraq inquiry

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

by Chris Ames Politics.co.uk reports that: “A Cabinet Office insider at the heart of the Iraq inquiry has left Sir John Chilcot’s investigations ‘flawed and compromised’, an MP has claimed. “Plaid Cymru’s Elfyn Llwyd will tell MPs later that secretary Margaret Aldred was appointed without reference to the civil service code by Cabinet secretary Sir […]

MP challenges inquiry and government over appointment of secretary

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, January 24, 2011

by Chris Ames In advance of a parliamentary debate tomorrow, I have published this piece on Index on Censorship, regarding the appointment of Margaret Aldred as Inquiry secretary and the extent of her involvement in co-ordinating the Labour government’s Iraq policy for four and a half years. New concerns have arisen about the openness of […]

Did the Cabinet Office delete information about the appointment of Inquiry officials?

By chrislamb - Last updated: Sunday, January 9, 2011

by Chris Lamb The Information Commissioner has now published his decision notice (dated 13 December) on my FoI request seeking disclosure of information by the Cabinet Office over the setting up of the Iraq Inquiry Secretariat. My request sought disclosures relating to; i) the selection of Margaret Aldred as the Secretary and Rae Stewart as […]