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Disputed Paper's Author to Head Spy Agency

May 07, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

The author of a disputed British intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that laid out the case for war was chosen to head Britain's MI6 spy agency.

Opposition politicians said John Scarlett should not have been appointed while a government inquiry is probing why Iraq did not have the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs cited as a cause for war.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the appointment, saying Scarlett was chosen on merit.

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