Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Tony Blair's Def Sec. Was Told 'in No Uncertain Terms' to Burn Memo Saying Iraq War Could Be Illegal - SPUTNIK

Former UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has claimed that during Tony Blair's time in office, Downing Street ordered him to burn a secret memo that said the 2003 invasion of Iraq could be illegal.

The claim, which first emerged in 2015 and was rejected by Blair as "nonsense" at the time, was made by Hoon in his recently published memoir "See How They Run", according to the Daily Mail.

The book argues that the memo was delivered by Blair's Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell in 2003 and that Hoon's principal private secretary was told "in no uncertain terms" to destroy the secret legal advice, written by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, after reading it.

Hoon, however, defied the instruction by deciding to lock it in a safe at the Ministry of Defence, the memoir asserts, claiming that the memo is "probably still there".

 The claims come as more than 600,000 people have already signed an online petition to have former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stripped of his recently awarded knighthood. Anti-war campaigners accuse Blair of war crimes for sending British troops into Iraq and Afghanistan during his tenure....sputnik

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