This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

7/18/2003 - Another Leak Investigation


' 2003: Missing Iraq expert - body found. A body believed to be that of government scientist Dr David Kelly has been found in woodland not far from his Oxfordshire home.'

'Dr Kelly has been at the centre of a row between the British Government and the BBC about the use of intelligence reports in the run up to the war against Iraq. The row centred on a report by journalist Andrew Gilligan during the Today programme on BBC Radio Four in which he said the government had "sexed-up" its dossier on Iraq to boost public support for the war.

He accused the government of inserting a claim into the dossier that Saddam Hussein was capable of deploying weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes. On Tuesday Dr Kelly - an expert in arms control who had worked as a weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998 - told the Foreign Affairs select committee he had spoken to Mr Gilligan but denied he was the main source for the story. '

'Lord Hutton absolved the government of any kind of "dishonourable, underhand or duplicitous strategy" in the leaking of Dr Kelly's name to the press. But he said the Ministry of Defence was "at fault" for failing to tell Dr Kelly that his identity as the suspected source would be confirmed to journalists who suggested it. He said Mr Gilligan's report that the Iraq dossier was sexed up was "unfounded" and that Joint Intelligence Committee chairman John Scarlett had acted to ensure the dossier was consistent with reliable intelligence. '

Sound familiar? Not much has changed in 2 years. What do you bet our boys will be found innocent of any dishonourable, underhanded or duplicitous strategy in leaking Valerie Plame's name to the press and mounting a smear campaign against her husband? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Lies, the gifts that keep on giving.........


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