Ex-MI6 chief threatens to expose secrets of Iraq war if he faces censure from the Chilcot inquiry.
Former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove has threatened to expose secrets of Iraq war if he faces censure from the Chilcot inquiry into British involvement in the Iraq war.
Sir Richard told the Daily Mail that he wrote a detailed account of events leading up to Iraq invasion that he intended to make available to historians after his death.
Sir Richard, who provided intelligence about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) said he might release his memoir “sooner” depending on the finding of the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry.
“What I have written (am writing) is a record of events surrounding the invasion of Iraq from my then professional perspective,” he said in an email to the newspaper.
“My intention is that this should be a resource available to scholars, but after my decease (may be sooner depending on what Chilcot publishes). I have no intention, however, of violating my vows of official secrecy by publishing any memoir,” he added.
According to the Daily Mail, sources close to Sir Richard say he accepts the inaccuracy of some MI6’s information on Iraq WMDs and that he believes the inquiry’s chairman Sir John Chilcot should investigate misleading statements by former British PM Tony Blair and his chief spokesperson and strategist Alastair Campbell about WMDs.
The US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law in 2003 under the pretext of finding WMDs allegedly stockpiled by Saddam Hussein. No WMDs, however, were ever discovered in Iraq.
The Chilcot Inquiry was established by former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who succeeded Blair in 2007.
Those appearing before the inquiry included Blair, other leading figures within the 1997-2010 Labour government, former cabinet secretaries and the military high command.