EXCLUSIVE: BLAIR EVIDENCE FALLING APART AS FCO REVENGE BEGINS.

BROWN ‘OUT OF LOOP’ CLAIMS ALSO DOUBTED BY SOME

US INFORMANT SAYS OBAMITES THINK BLAIR’S ANTI-ISLAMISM ‘IS NUTS’

The rapid response to The Indie’s FOI Act requests for ‘clarification’ about Blair’s Chilcot evidence reflects a Foreign Office out for revenge.

The Independent yesterday ran a piece concerning FCO paperwork which flatly contradicts Tony Blair’s claim about Iraq policy changing after 9/11.

Both the content and the publisher of this claim are highly significant. Not only does the article seem to establish that using troops to bring down Saddam Hussein was discussed long before the Al Q’eida attacks on New York. The very fact that the newspaper was given the material suggests a degree of mistrust inside the FCO. Elements therein have severe doubts about whether things given to Chilcot will ever see the light of day – let alone be the subject of tough questioning.

FCO sources confirmed earlier this week that the strongly anti-Blair caucus in that Department of State sees certain media as ‘a safer conduit’ for information damning to the former Prime Minister’s cause. And a Washington-based Slog source still believes that, once Tony Blair’s account has been rendered incredible, the Obama White House will leak some if not all of the Blair/Bush correspondence exchanged during 2002.

“It will shoot Tony Blair right between the eyes” the informant insisted, “and be immensely helpful to an Administration keen to show Islam it’s coming clean about this stuff. Some of Obama’s people think Blair is nuts on the subject of the Islamist threat”.

Gordon Brown’s “nothing to do with me” claim is also now thought to be dubious, the Slog has learned. The logic being put forward is that, while the sexing-up of the dossier would have been kept from the Chancellor, leaving him in the dark about the determination to use force was a risk none of the Blair inner circle could take. We do not know if there is anything to contradict the Brown claim that he focused only on non-compliance; but evidence showing that he was given the negative legal opinion on ‘extension of 1441’ to mean force would be damaging to the Prime Minister.

He faces the Chilcot Inquiry this Friday.