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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Campbell At The Chilcot Inquiry + Updates

Iraq Inquiry Digest + Live Visual Feed

12 January: Alastair Campbell, 10.00 – 13.00, Director of Communications and Strategy to the Prime Minister, 2001 – 2003
The timings for Powell and Hoon next week are:
18 January:  Jonathan Powell, 14.00 - 17.00, Chief of Staff to the PM, 2001 - 2007
19 January: Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon, 10.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00, Secretary of State for Defence, 2001 - 2005
More info in The Times
UPDATES: *Short break until 11.30. So far Campbell's done a good job of covering his back. He dropped Brown fairly and squarely in the middle of the meetings & decision-making process running up to war; managed to glide around questions and blamed the Americans/Bush administration.
*Chilcot announces extension of the session after lunch break.
*Brown 'key member'
* Campbell drafted Forward but 'Scarlett, Dearlove, ultimately responsible for Dodgy Dossier' and media/Gilligan at fault for over-hyping 45-minute claims.
* One-hour lunch break. Session resumes 2pm.
* The Dutch Iraq Inquiry concludes that "the military action had no sound mandate under international law."
* Session ran 2hrs longer than planned and ended at 4pm.
*Transcript of today's session can be found here.
*Daniel Korski at the Coffee House says Chilcot should call Brown now.
* Andrew Gilligan's analysis

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