Andrew Gilligan, the journalist who sparked off the controversy over whether the British government’s intelligence dossier on the threat posed by Iraq was wholly accurate has hit back.
“The dossier was sexed up, the intelligence services were unhappy about it… and Alistair Campbell was at the heart of the process,” he said. “If the aim was to disprove the BBC’s story and restore faith in Tony Blair, it simply could not have been more counter productive.”
This has taken longer than I thought it would. It is now very clear that the “information” with which the British parliament was persuaded to support the war on Iraq was deeply flawed. If a journalist has to resign over one ill-judged (and unscripted) sentence in an early morning radio broadcast, if the Director General of the BBC has to resign because of that journalist’s mistake — how is it that no government ministers are being held to account for this much more grievous blunder?