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Blix criticises Iraq intelligence


Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has been giving evidence to Britain’s Iraq inquiry.

In his testimony, Blix reiterated his belief that the war was illegal and that the US was “high” on the idea of taking military action against Sadaam Hussein.

“When we reported that ‘no, we didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction’ they should have realised,” Blix told the inquiry.

“I think, both in London and Washington, that their sources were poor.”

The Swede agreed a second UN resolution supporting intervention would have been needed.

He also said former British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith “wriggled about” in his legal arguments when advising the then prime minister, Tony Blair.

However, Blix added that he felt Blair and President George Bush acted in “good faith” in believing Iraq was a serious threat.

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