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Thursday, February 12, 2004
 

Hutton: a former defence intelligence analyst weighs in


Lt-Col Crispin Black, formerly of the DIS and DIAS, has a piece in the Guardian today pouring scorn on the methods apparently applied to Iraq WMD intelligence, and Hutton's bizarrre reaction.

He ridicules the key expression in the Hutton lexicon
consistent with the intelligence
- because
Intelligence is by its nature inconsistent.

And suggests good reasons why it was - implausible - that Blair did not know that the 45 minute intelligence referred to battlefield weapons, rather than strategic missiles.

Nothing new, so far as I can see, but a useful crib for future reference.


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