Iraqi defectors told a ‘pack of lies’ while British Intelligence stood and watched.
That is the opinion of former Observer and Vanity Fair journalist David Rose.
Speaking at the Frontline Club, Rose said defectors from Saddam Hussain’s regime told a ‘pack of lies’.
He added that British Intelligence had allowed this to happen despite knowing the truth – and then that these sources were used to back theories on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn called reporting in the run-up to the war ‘notoriously bad’, while Radio 4’s Kevin Marsh told how Alastair Campbell orchestrated the whole Lobby.
Most tellingly, Rose concluded that cuts to editorial budgets had contributed to mistakes being made.
He said: “The first place that feels the pinch is covering foreign conflicts – not Cheryl Cole.”
I bet Ashley wishes that wasn’t the case…
With thanks and for much more: Jon Slattery
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