Tony Blair accused of lies over Syrian WMDs
Former intelligence chief says PM ‘trying to rewrite history’ of Assad's chemical weapons
Tony Blair is lying about his knowledge of Syrian weapons of mass destruction, according to a former intelligence chief this morning.
John Morrison, former head of the defence intelligence staff and the deputy chief of defence intelligence between 1994 and 1999, says Blair is attempting to "rewrite history" over what he knew about president Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capability.
Last week, Blair claimed that he did not know Assad was manufacturing chemical weapons until the regime began using them in 2012.
However, in a letter to The Observer, Morrison claims that for more than a decade before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the former prime minister must have been aware that Syria had a chemical attack capability because intelligence officials were regularly telling him so.
Morrison says Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons was a regular theme in his intelligence reports to Blair. "The issue was not whether he [Assad] had them but when and how he might use them," he writes.
Morrison adds: "One wonders whether Blair read the assessments we provided him, is trying to rewrite history to his benefit, or is suffering from some prime ministerial false memory syndrome. Whatever, he should not be allowed to get away with untruths."