The purpose of this post is to flag up some sources of information about the "intelligence" (such an inappropriate word in the context) that went into the September 2002 Government dossier on so-called weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
This letter of 17th September 2002, Comments on draft dossier, contains concerns of what seems to be a member of the Defence Intelligence Staff about the September dossier. These concerns cannot come from Dr. Brian Jones since, according to his oral testimony, he only returned from leave on 18th September 2002.
The following document, Note on Iraq dossier 20/09/02, from 20th September 2002 summarises some concerns of Dr. Brian Jones regarding the September dossier.
A document from 17th July 2003 (the day David Kelly died!), Note of concerns expressed by DIS Staff 17/07/03, summarises concerns regarding the September dossier from Defence Intelligence Staff.
The preceding document is part of a briefing note for the Secretary of State for Defence, Note Martin Howard/PS Secretary of State 18/07/03, in preparation for appearing before the Intelligence and Secuirty Committee.
The suggested line about the dissent in DIS to be taken by the Secretary of State is here: "Speaking note" of Dissent in DIS to Iraq WMD Dossier.
The need for such briefing arose from an anonymised letter (from Dr. Brian Jones), Letter to Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence 08/07/03, sent to the Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence on 8th July 2003.
There may be other documents on the Hutton Inquiry web site yet to be identified. The innocuous sounding titles of some of the preceding documents does not reflect their potential importance in understanding the sequence of events.
In addition, there are some potentially interesting documents on the Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot) web site on the Private Evidence page.
Specifically of interest in attempting to understand the processing of intelligence (sic) are four lengthy, heavily redacted documents containing oral testimony to the Iraq Inquiry from Sir Richard Dearlove (head of MI6 in September 2002) and from an unnamed MI6 officer designated as "SIS4".
I hope to update my understanding of the topic once I have had more opportunity to consider these documents.