- Iraq anniversary: war intelligence ‘was a lie’, BBC Panorama documentary to say!
by Tom Whitehead, and Duncan Gardham, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Key intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq ten years ago was based on “fabrication” and “wishful thinking”, a documentary is to claim.
The US and UK are accused of relying on questionable information that suggested Saddam Hussein was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), despite warnings over its authenticity.
At the same time, other foreign intelligence that suggested no such programme existed was dismissed, according to a BBC Panorama investigation.
One Iraqi spy – codenamed “Curveball” – whose claims to have witnessed the manufacture of WMD were seized upon by the Americans told the programme the invasion had been based on his “lie”.
Lord Butler, who, a year after the invasion, carried out a British review of the intelligence used, admitted that he was unaware that two senior members of Saddam’s regime had secretly told the CIA and MI6 that WMD did not exist.
The documentary will reignite questions over the legality and justification of the Iraq war. One source told the programme the conflict was borne out of “choice” rather than “necessity”.