Saddam did not pose a significant threat to UK: RossMarch 20th, 2009 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 20 (ANI): A former British intelligence has made it very clear that Saddam Hussein did not pose a significant threat to the UK, as was being claimed at the time by ministers, and added that tougher enforcement of sanctions could have brought his regime down in Iraq.
Carne Ross, who was a first secretary at the United Nations in New York for the Foreign Office until 2004, was at the centre of events in the run-up to the Iraq war revealed yesterday that the government could reveal new information about the legality of the invasion.
A lot of facts about the run-up to this war have yet to come to light which should come to light and which the public deserves to know, The Guardian quoted Ross, as saying.
There were also assessments by the joint intelligence committee, which had not been disclosed, Ross told the Commons Public Administration Select Committee.
He said he tried to inform ministers about his misgivings over the developing momentum towards Iraq war, taking them aside during their visits to New York or having brief conversations in their car to the airport.
Ross evidence, by video link from New York, came days after Jack Straw, who was foreign secretary at the time, used the first ministerial veto under the freedom of information act to ban the release of cabinet minutes on the decision to go to war.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised to look at an inquiry after all the troops come home from Iraq. (ANI)
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