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Alastair Campbell 'was like unguided missile'


 Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell was an "unguided missile" who leaked information from MI6 to journalists in his attempts to justify the invasion of Iraq, according to a senior intelligence officer who gave evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry.

Right-wing parts of the British media, including print titles in Rupert Murdoch's News International stable, were regularly supplied with material by Tony Blair's chief spin doctor in the run-up to the war.

Previously secret evidence released yesterday showed that the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) "suffered" from the former Downing Street communications director's tendency to brief journalists without consulting its staff.

A senior intelligence officer, referred to in the redacted papers as "SIS2", said the spy agency was "probably too eager to please" No 10.

"The pressure to generate results, I fear, did lead to the cutting of corners," he told the inquiry.

The officer continued: "We found Alastair Campbell, I think, an enthusiastic individual, but also somewhat of an unguided missile."

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