Thursday, March 24, 2005

More on the UK Iraq revelations re: Freedom of Information request

The Herald is also covering the story The Guardian is (also noted in this earlier post). From
"Law chief ‘changed his legal advice on Iraq war’ " by Deborah Summers and Catherin:

NEW evidence emerged last night suggesting that Lord Goldsmith QC, the attorney general, did change his mind about the legality of the Iraq war shortly before conflict broke out.
The government came under renewed pressure on the issue after the publication by the Foreign Office, under the Freedom of Information Act, of the resignation letter of the department's deputy legal adviser.
Elizabeth Wilmshurst wrote her letter on March 18, 2003, making clear that she believed that the war would be illegal in the absence of a fresh UN resolution. In it, she wrote of the looming US-UK invasion that "an unlawful use of force on such a scale amounts to the crime of aggression".
But the version of the letter published by the Foreign Office omitted a crucial paragraph.
Last night Channel 4 News said it had obtained the missing material and reported that the civil servant wrote: "My views accord with the advice that has been given consistently in this office, before and after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1441. And with what the attorney general gave us to understand was his view prior to his letter of 7th of March. The view expressed in that letter has of course changed again into what is now the official line."