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UK Officials

US Equivalents

Tony Blair

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UK Prime Minister
T. Blair-wikipedia info

George W. Bush

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U.S. President
G. W. Bush-wikipedia info

David Manning

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Foreign Policy Advisor
D. Manning-wikipedia info

Condoleezza Rice

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National Security Advisor
C. Rice-wikipedia info

Geoff Hoon

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Defence Secretary
G. Hoon-wikipedia info

Donald Rumsfeld

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Secretary of Defense
D. Rumsfeld-wikipedia info

Jack Straw

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Foreign  Secretary
J. Straw-wikipedia info

Colin Powell

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Secretary of State
C. Powell-wikipedia info

Lord Goldsmith

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Attorney General
P. Goldsmith-wikipedia info

Alberto Gonzales

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White House Counsel
A. Gonzales-wikipedia info

Sir Richard Wilson

R. Wilson photo

Cabinet Secretary
R. Wilson-wikipedia info
R. Wilson-additional info

John Scarlett

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Chair - Joint
Intelligence Committee (JIC)
J. Scarlett-wikipedia info

John Negroponte

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National Intelligence Director (ODNI)
[Note: US had no equivalent position (JIC), until just this year, we include this entry to help make the comparisons]
J. Negroponte-wikipedia info
J. Negoponte-ODNI info

Francis Richards

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Director -
Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ)
F. Richards-wikipedia info

Michael V. Hayden

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Director -
National Security Agency Director (NSA),
Chief - Central Security Service (CSS)
M. Hayden-wikipedia info
M. Hayden-NSA info

Sir Michael Boyce

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(CDS) Chief of Defence Staff
M. Boyce-wikipedia info

Gen. Richard Myers

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Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Myers-wikipedia info

Sir Richard Dearlove / "C"

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Director of SIS (MI6)
Foreign Intelligence Service
R. Dearlove-wikipedia info

George Tenet

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Head of CIA
G. Tenet-wikipedia info

Jonathan Powell

J. Powell photo

Chief of Staff
J. Powell-BBC info, and here

Andrew Card

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Chief of Staff
A. Card-wikipedia info

Sally Morgan

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Director - Political &
Government Relations
S. Morgan-BBC info
S. Morgan-Guardian info

Alastair Campbell

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Director of Communications
& Strategy
A. Campbell-wikipedia info

Dan Bartlett

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Communications Director
(Counselor to the President)
D. Bartlett-wikipedia info
D. Bartlett-White House info

Matthew Rycroft

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Foreign Policy Aide
To David Manning
M. Rycroft-wikipedia info

Though it is sometimes difficult to equate a given official to his or her US counterpart, it's clear that this was a meeting at the highest level within the UK government.

Attendees included three members of the Cabinet (Prime Minister Blair, the Defence Secretary and the Foreign Secretary), the nation's most senior bureaucrat (the Cabinet Secretary), three out of the four top people from the UK intelligence community (the JIC Chair and the heads of MI6 and GCHQ), the head of the armed forces and four of the innermost circle of the PM's political advisors.

Note: The relatively junior level of Rycroft bears no relevance to the contents of the minutes, which summarize what the principals said at the meeting to each other.

UK Officials involved with Related Documents

Peter Ricketts KCMG

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Political Director
UK Permanent Representative to NATO
P. Ricketts-British Embassy info

Sir Christopher Meyer

Rycroft photo

British Ambassador to the US
C. Meyer-London Speakers
Bureau info

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The other Downing Street Documents and Memos
Located on The Memos page
Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activities
of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defence for Policy

The report itself - 5.4mb PDF
Copies of Feith's slides - 608k PDF
(working on plain text transcription)
July 22, 2002 report prepared by the Pentagon's Inspector General on the activities of Douglas Feith and crew, just released in its entirety, including copies of the slide show he used in his presentations when "selling" the idea of going to war in Iraq.

Cabinet Office briefing paper: Conditions for military action
The Sunday Times, June 12, 2005
Plain text transcription
July 22, 2002 briefing paper, generated for participants for the secret meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, says that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office legal advice
The Sunday Times, June 19, 2005
Plain text transcription
This is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office legal advice appended as Annex A to the Cabinet Office briefing paper on Iraq of July 21, 2002. This advice was originally written in March 2002.
Goldsmith Legal Opinion
The Guardian, April 28, 2005
PDF scanned document
March 7, 2003 formerly confidential paper detailing British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith's advice on the legality of the Iraq war. The government had previously resisted all attempts to secure its release.
Wilmshurst resignation letter (uncensored version)
BBC, March 24, 2005
March 18, 2003 minute from Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Deputy Legal Adviser to the Foreign Office, to Michael Wood (The Legal Adviser), copied to the Private Secretary, the Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-Secretary, Alan Charlton (Director Personnel) and Andrew Patrick (Press Office). Wilmshurst resigned in March 2003 because she did not believe the war with Iraq was legal. Her letter was released by the Foreign Office to the BBC News website under the Freedom of Information Act.

"Press line" document regarding Wilmshurst resignation
Foreign and Commonwealth Office PDF link
March 18, 2003 press line document regarding Foreign Office deputy legal adviser, Elizabeth Wilmshurst's resignation after 20 years’ service on the point of whether military action in Iraq without proper UN security council authorisation was lawful under international law.
Hutton Report
PDF document
Hutton Inquiry website
January 28, 2004 final report of the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly, the British intelligence officer whose public criticism of the Blair administration's manipulation of intelligence produced an uproar that ultimately resulted in Dr. Kelly taking his own life.
Butler Review
PDF document
July 14, 2004 final report of the Butler Inquiry, the UK government's investigation into prewar intelligence failures.
Administration Policy Memo restricting Congressional
access to classified information

PDF scanned document
Plain text transcription
October 5, 2001 Administration memo restricting Congressional access to classified information - a decree that briefings with sensitive information be limited to eight of the 535 members of Congress, a move that reinforced a trend toward secrecy that characterized Bush's government from the start.
National Intelligence Estimate:
Iraq's Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction
Unclassified public version

PDF document
October, 2002 edited CIA intelligence estimate about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, unclassified and slickly packaged for public release

National Intelligence Estimate:
[redacted] Iraq's Continuing Programs for
Weapons of Mass Destruction

PDF scanned document
October, 2002 controversial CIA intelligence estimate about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction released in response to an FOIA request, severely redacted. This copy of the estimate, NIE 2002-16HC, October 2002, Iraq's Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction, consists almost entirely of whited-out pages.

Only 14 of the 93 pages provided actually contain text, and all of the text except for the two title pages and the two pages listing National Intelligence Council members had previously been released in July 2003 in a document titled Key Judgements (from October 2002 NIE).
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Report on U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar
Intelligence Assessments

PDF document
July 7, 2004 report on Phase I of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence review of prewar intelligence on Iraq's WMD capabilities. Since Phase I was only concerned with the quality and analysis of the intelligence, this report does not address how that intelligence was used or whether the administration's public statements were an accurate reflection of it.
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Report on U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar
Intelligence Assessments - Conclusions

PDF document
A list of conclusions drawn from the July 7, 2004 report on Phase I of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence review of prewar intelligence on Iraq's WMD capabilities (above).
Iraq on the Record
PDF document
March 16, 2004 Congressional report compiled at the request of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the administration's misleading public statements about Iraq leading up to the war.
Administration Security Breaches
Involving Valerie Plame Wilson

PDF document
July 22, 2005 - On July 14, 2003, columnist Robert Novak revealed that the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a covert CIA agent. This disclosure of classified information has triggered a criminal investigation by a Special Counsel and led to calls for congressional investigations.

The Novak column, however, appears to be only one of multiple leaks of Ms. Wilson’s identity. As this fact sheet documents, there appear to be at least 11 separate instances in which Administration officials disclosed information about Ms. Wilson’s identity and association with the CIA.
Karl Rove’s Nondisclosure Agreement
PDF document
July 15, 2005 - Mr. Rove, through his attorney, has raised the implication that there is a distinction between releasing classified information to someone not authorized to receive it and confirming classified information from someone not authorized to have it. In fact, there is no such distinction under the nondisclosure agreement Mr. Rove signed.
Scans of the Forged Niger Documents
#1 - 124.1k JPEG image
#2 - 135k JPEG image
#3 - 151.3k JPEG image
#4 - 196.2k JPEG image
#5 - 160k JPEG image
Ecco il falso dossier sull'uranio di Saddam (article in Italian)
July 16, 2003 - These five images appeared in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on July 16, 2003.
Interview with Hussein Kamel
PDF document
August 22, 1995 - Gen. Hussein Kamel, the former director of Iraq's Military Industrialization Corporation, in charge of Iraq's weapons programme, defected to Jordan on the night of 7 August 1995, together with his brother Col. Saddam Kamel. Hussein Kamel took crates of documents revealing past weapons programmes, and provided these to UNSCOM. Iraq responded by revealing a major store of documents that showed that Iraq had begun an unsuccessful crash programme to develop a nuclear bomb (on 20 August 1995). Hussein and Saddam Kamel agreed to return to Iraq, where they were assassinated (23 February 1996). The interview was conducted in Amman on 22 August 1995, 15 days after Kamel left Iraq.

"I ordered destruction of all chemical weapons. All weapons - biological, chemical, missile, nuclear were destroyed" (p. 13).
Kamel specifically discussed the significance of anthrax, which he portrayed as the "main focus" of the biological programme (pp.7-8).
Smidovich asked Kamel: "were weapons and agents destroyed?" Kamel replied: "nothing remained."


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