Intelligence used to justify Iraq war fabricated: BBC
London: Key intelligence that was used to justify Iraq’s invasion 10 years ago was based on ‘fabrication and wishful thinking’, a documentary is set to claim. The US and the UK are accused of relying on questionable information that suggested Saddam Hussein was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), despite warnings over its authenticity.
According to a BBC Panorama investigation, at the same time, other foreign intelligence that suggested no such programme existed was dismissed. An Iraqi spy, code named ‘Curveball’, who 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’.
According to the Telegraph, 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. One source told the programme that the conflict was borne out of ‘choice’ rather than ‘necessity’.