London, Feb 19: The BBC will revisit one of the greatest crises in its history when it broadcasts a controversial new Panorama investigation revealing new information about the intelligence deployed by the Tony Blair Government to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Peter Taylor, the award-winning investigative reporter, is working on the investigation to mark the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war next month, The Independent has learnt.
Taylor, renowned for his sources within the security services, is expected to reveal new information about claims, which turned out to be false, that Saddam Hussein’s regime was actively pursuing weapons of mass destruction.
The episode, which will look ahead to the publication of the Chilcot report into the conflict, is due to air on BBC1 on 18 March, two days before the anniversary.
According to the report, it was Andrew Gilligan’s Today programme claim that the Government ‘sexed up’ the intelligence inserted into the dossier detailing Saddam Hussein’s weapons’ programme, which led to the 2004 resignation of Greg Dyke, the BBC Director-General and Chairman Gavyn Davies, following the publication of the Hutton Report.
In a recent BBC series on espionage, Taylor spoke to ‘Curveball’, an Iraqi defector who confirmed that he fabricated the claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction which were quoted as ‘facts’ by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell when he presented the case for war to the United Nations, the report said.
Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s director of communications, vehemently denied Gilligan’s claim that he had inserted information known to be incorrect into the ‘dodgy dossier’, the report added. (ANI)