Bombshell As Six More British Documents Leaked
06/13/05 - - Six new secret British documents have been leaked
and are provided below. These were retyped from the originals to protect the
source. See War
critics have come up with seven more memos, verified by NBC News:
options paper: Full text
The following, titled "IRAQ OPTIONS PAPER," was prepared
and dated March 8, 2002. It presents possible courses to war. Continued
foreign secretary Straw says case for Iraq is weak
he following is purported to have been penned by the British
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw--U.S. equivalent of Secretary of
State--concerning a possible war in Iraq. Straw indicates the case
for war is weak; that the Iraq situation has remained unchanged;
and that the United States would not have gone to war without
September 11. Continued.
committed to regime change in early 2002
The following, is purported to be written by Blair foreign policy
advisor David Manning, indicates that now-Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice was committed to "regime change" in
early 2002. It also outlines some problems a postwar Iraq might
The British legal background
The following was said prepared as an Iraq legal background for
war. It is not dated. Continued
has changed is not the pace of Saddam's WMD programs'
06/13/05 - - This memorandum, said from Blair political
director Peter Ricketts and dated Mar. 22, 2002, indicates the
challenges that an Iraq war would face. It indicates that it would
have been carbon copied to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell
and President George W. Bush. "The truth is that what has
changed is not the pace of Saddam Husseinís WMD programmes,"
the document says. Continued
need to wrongfoot Saddam on the inspectors'
The following is said from Christopher Meyer, British ambassador
to the US from 1997 through February 2003, and dated in March of
2002. Strikingly, the document speaks of a "need to wrongfoot
Saddam on the inspectors" and suggests British intelligence
and diplomacy draws a great deal on articles written by Sy Hersh
in the New Yorker. It also describes a meeting with then-Deputy
Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz. Continued.
"Downing Street Memo" to David Manning from Matthew
Rycroft on July 23rd 2002
from Jack Straw To Tony Blair March 25, 2002
Straw admits case for war in Iraq is weak, and that there is no
link between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
from Peter Rickets March 22 2002
This memo admits that Saddam had not accelerated his WMD program.
from Chris Meyer To David Manning March 18 2002
"I then went through the need to wrongfoot Saddam on the
inspectors and the UN SORs and the critical importance of the MEPP
as an integral part of the anti-Saddam strategy."
Manning Memo to Tony Blair on March 14 2002, describing his trip
to the US.
IN this memo, Manning confirms that Condi Rice was committed to
regime change in Iraq in 2002. The use of military force for
regime change per se is illegal under international law and
treaties to which the US is a signator.
from Overseas & Defense Secretariat March 8 2002
This memo admits that threat of WMD from Iraq had NOT increased
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