Secret papers could contradict Iraq evidence: Chilcot

Christopher Hope; 10/2/10

Tens of thousands of secret documents could contradict evidence given by members of the Blair government to the inquiry into the Iraq war, its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, has suggested as the former prime minister lashed out at the hunt for a ”scandal” and a ”conspiracy” over his controversial decision to back the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Sir John disclosed that the panel was examining far more documents than previously thought. He said the papers would form the core of the inquiry and show ”what really went on” in the build-up to the start of the conflict. He said that the inquiry team would examine the documents ”over the next few months”, adding: ”That will enable us to see where the evidence joins together and where there are gaps.”