Reposted from Smugbaldy.com
The Independent Online Edition is reporting today that Carne Ross, a top level British diplomat, knew that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, but his report was suppressed, and Ross was silenced with threats that the report violated Britain’s Official Secrets Act.
In the testimony revealed today Mr Ross, 40, who helped negotiate several UN security resolutions on Iraq, makes it clear that Mr Blair must have known Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction. He said that during his posting to the UN, “at no time did HMG [Her Majesty’s Government] assess that Iraq’s WMD (or any other capability) posed a threat to the UK or its interests.
According to Ross, it was common knowledge among British officials that Iraq had no military capability that posed any threat to the the UK or its interests, and that Saddam Hussein had been “effectively contained” by years of sanctions.
It shows Mr Ross told the inquiry, chaired by Lord Butler, “there was no intelligence evidence of significant holdings of CW [chemical warfare], BW [biological warfare] or nuclear material” held by the Iraqi dictator before the invasion. “There was, moreover, no intelligence or assessment during my time in the job that Iraq had any intention to launch an attack against its neighbours or the UK or the US,” he added.
It was also revealed that British officials warned their US counterparts that “regime change” in Iraq was “inadvisable” due to the chaos that would arise following such action.
He also reveals that British officials warned US diplomats that bringing down the Iraqi dictator would lead to the chaos the world has since witnessed. “I remember on several occasions the UK team stating this view in terms during our discussions with the US (who agreed),” he said.
So – not only did the British know that there were no WMDs in Iraq before the US led invasion, they also suppressed the evidence to that effect, and threatened their own diplomats with jail time if they leaked the truth.
We used to have a saying, “Only in America …” although it’s apparent that our allies have learned the Way of the Bush Administration.