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Blair didn’t mislead on war

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moncler donna But Blair found himself standing on the floor of the House of Commons vindicated by judge Lord Hutton, who summarized his report on moncler outlet trebaseleghe national television, and the prime minister was strengthened enough to demand an apology for charges that he had lied to the country. moncler donna

moncler outlet “The allegation that I or anyone else lied to this House or deliberately misled the country by falsifying intelligence on weapons of mass destruction is itself the real lie,” Blair said, moncler outlet online shop facing piumini moncler scontatissimi Conservative leader Michael Howard, who for months argued that the prime minister could not be trusted with the truth. “And I simply ask that those that made it and those who have repeated it over all these months now withdraw it, fully, openly and clearly.” moncler outlet

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moncler bambino saldi Gilligan, without identifying Kelly, broadcast in May that a “high ranking intelligence official” moncler bambino saldi had told him that moncler outlet a dossier compiled by British intelligence agencies had been “sexed up” by the prime minister’s office to include a questionable claim that Hussein could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of giving an order. moncler bambino saldi

moncler uomo Blair’s government, Gilligan piumini moncler reported, knew the claim was probably false and inserted it after outlet moncler several drafts of the dossier had not mentioned it at the behest of Blair’s chief media officer. moncler uomo

moncler outlet online shop Radio is much more influential at moncler bambino outlet setting the public agenda in Britain than it is in the United States, and the report set off a media tidal wave that threatened to sweep Blair away. moncler outlet online shop

piumini moncler scontatissimi Blair was battered moncler saldi outlet in the polls, and his “trust me” approach to persuading the British public to adopt his policies even those far detached from the war was severely compromised. Kelly, who told superiors that he was the source of the radio moncler uomo report and was subsequently publicly identified, committed suicide in July, leading to the judge’s inquiry, moncler donna which grew to include Blair’s integrity and the evolution of what became known as “the dodgy dossier.” piumini moncler scontatissimi

moncler outlet online uomo Hutton who retired this month as a senior appeals judge and whose independence was praised by both Blair and his political opponents listened to two months of testimony over the summer and reviewed hundreds of documents in hearings that rarely failed to make the front page of Britain’s newspapers. Television cameras were barred from the hearings, leading one news station to hire actors to read transcripts moncler outlet online shop from each day’s proceedings. moncler outlet online uomo

piumini moncler Hutton’s conclusions piumini moncler saldi revived Blair’s political fortunes and seemingly left little or no ammunition for the prime minister’s political opposition. The judge said that “the allegation reported by Mr. Gilligan on 29 May 2003 that the government probably knew that the 45 minutes claim was wrong before the government decided to put it in the dossier, was an allegation which was unfounded.” piumini moncler

moncler saldi uomo Hutton had a simple explanation for the insertion of the 45 minutes claim after its absence in earlier drafts of the dossier: The information was not received by British intelligence agents until after the last draft had been written. moncler saldi uomo

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