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Chilcot: Don't mention the war

Chilcot Report will blame MI6 for 'dodgy dossier' used by Tony Blair, says source



The report is also expected to be contain harsh criticism of the former Prime Minister for 'sidelining experts' and a failure to plan reconstruction.

The Mirror reports:
Spy chiefs at the time of the Iraq War will be “fed to the wolves” in next week’sChilcot Report , says a source close to the inquiry.
Former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove will be rapped for intelligence given to Tony Blair which formed the basis of the infamous “dodgy dossier” claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.
But Sir John Chilcot will also be scathing of the way the former Prime Minister “sidelined experts and the cabinet” as he prepared the case for war.
The 2million word report on Iraq will finally be published this Wednesday - seven years after the inquiry began.
The 12-volume document will examine the build up to the invasion, the military action and the attempts at reconstruction .
Mr Blair will be repeatedly criticised for the way he took the country to war, his style of “sofa government” and the failures to plan for reconstruction.
Sir John, a former senior civil servant, will be especially scathing of the way the ex-PM “sidelined experts and the cabinet” as he prepared the case for war, the source said.
The report will highlight the diplomatic and intelligence failings.
Sir Richard will be rapped for intelligence handed to Mr Blair which formed the basis for the infamous “45-minute” dossier that claimed Saddam Hussein could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.
The source said Sir Richard would be “thrown to the wolves” for allowing agency chiefs to submit information for the dossier “without any supportive detail.”
The report will also expose how British embassy staff in Washington did not relay to Downing Street the misgivings within the CIA about the military action.
“CIA experts were warning how complex the Middle East was. The Embassy must been privy to how Dick Cheney (the Vice President) was sidelining the State Department and the CIA,” said the source.


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