Memorandum from the Permanent Under-Secretary
of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
During my evidence session with the Committee
on the FCO's Departmental Report on 24 June, Sir
John Stanley asked for additional information on three points,
related to the Iraq enquiry.
The first, how the attribution of the material
drawn from Dr Al-Marashi's article was lost, is addressed in Alastair
Campbell's Memorandum to the Committee. If
the Committee would like further details, Mr Campbell will be
happy to provide these when he gives oral evidence.
On the question of FCO staff working in the
CIC at the time the January briefing paper was produced, it was
headed by an FCO Counsellor and there was one other FCO official
in the CIC in a support capacity.
Finally, Sir John asked if we had considered
the risk to Dr Al-Marashi before deciding to draw on his material
for use in the briefing paper. As the material was already in
the public domain and freely available from the Internet, we did
not at the time consider that using it in the briefing paper would
present a risk to Dr Al-Marashi.
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
25 June 2003
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