Tomorrow's editions of the New Statesman will carry a story about the suppressed first draft of the Iraq dossier, written by John Williams, the former Mirror journalist and now Head of Press at the Foreign Office. It is a follow-up to Martin Bright's story in November. The Information Commissioner is to rule imminently on the FCO's refusal to release the draft under the FOIA and he may either a) order release (subject to appeal) and b) state clearly that the draft was part of the process. The gist of the story is that the draft could well be smoking gun on the inclusion of the 45 minutes and more.
To coincide with the article, a WEBSITE is being launched, which tells the whole story about how spinners like Williams were on the inside the drafting process and how what happened (think Gilligan/Kelly) happened as a result. It is said to be thoroughly researched and authoritative, with no conspiracy theories or unnamed sources. It is the work of journalist Christopher Ames, whose article will appear in the New Statesman.