Blair told Saddam had no WMD

Paola Totaro; 10/12/09

The pivotal intelligence advice that suggested Saddam Hussein possessed weapons that could be deployed within 45 minutes did not refer to ballistic missiles and got ”lost in translation”, the Iraq War inquiry has been told. And according to Britain’s former spy chief, Sir John Scarlett, it would have been better if it had been ”spelled out” that the 45-minute claim referred only to battlefield munitions not long-range weapons of mass destruction. Sir John, the former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, drew up the 2002 dossier that convinced the British Parliament to support the case for war. He told the Chilcot inquiry on Tuesday that then Prime Minister Tony Blair had received two secret intelligence reports that made clear that Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction. These were delivered in the weeks leading up to the invasion of Iraq.