5,123. 5/29/2003

“In Britain, [Prime Minister] Tony Blair was facing harsh questions about his government’s role in gathering and publishing what now looked like suspect intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs. In late May [29, 2003] the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that ‘one of the senior officials in charge of drawing up’ the September 2002 government report stating that the Iraqi military could deploy chemical or biological weapons within forty-five minutes now claimed that some in the government had expressed doubts about that information, but that the prime minister’s office ordered it up to be included anyway, so that the report would be ‘sexed up.’ The alleged culprit was Blair’s communications adviser, Alastair Campbell, who hotly denied the charge.”

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Pages 256-257

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