Spies vs. Lies

"Tony Blair and George Bush are encountering an unexpected obstacle in their campaign for war against Iraq - their own intelligence agencies," reports Raymond Whitaker. "Britain and America's spies believe that they are being politicized: that the intelligence they provide is being selectively applied to lead to the opposite conclusion from the one they have drawn, which is that Iraq is much less of a threat than their political masters claim." CIA analysts actually believe that the likelihood of Saddam Hussein using weapons of mass destruction is "very low" for the "foreseeable future." The British spy agency MI6 didn't write England's recent dossier on Iraq, which was actually cobbled together by junior aides to Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's head spin doctor, using sources plagiarized from the Internet. The dossier "was clearly prepared by someone in Downing Street and it's obviously part of the prime minister's propaganda campaign," said Charles Heyman, editor of Jane's World Armies. "The intelligence services were not involved -- I've had two people phoning me today to say, 'Look, we had nothing to with it.'" In fact, a leaked report from British intelligence contradicts the government's official position, saying there "are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the al-Qaeda network."