June 2002 CIC draft of Iraq dossier

The Foreign Office has released a previously unpublished draft of the September 2002 dossier on “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction”. The draft is virtually identical to the draft given to the Hutton Inquiry, which was said to have been drawn up in the Cabinet Office. But this draft is described in a covering note as having been “produced by CIC”. The CIC, or Coalition Information Centre, is a unit based in the Foreign Office but reporting to Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s Director of Communications. Its purpose was to produce propaganda in support of British Participation in US-led wars. The CIC was known to have produced the February 2002 “Dodgy Dossier” on Iraq’s “Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation”.

The foreword/introduction includes the names of Jack Straw, foreign secretary, Geoff Hoon, defence secretary, and Clare Short, international development secretary, as signatories.

The Draft is linked below, in sections:

Cover page, introduction, contents and executive summary

Section on Iraqi WMD programmes

Section on the History of UN Weapons Inspections

Section on Iraqi regime and Human Rights abuses (first part)

Section on Iraqi regime and Human Rights abuses (second part)

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