Asked for a reaction to John Morrison’s claim in his Today Programme interview this morning that the Government had been using intelligence material as a “PR tool” since 1997, the PMOS pointed out that this issue had been investigated by four inquiries whose finding were in the public domain. Put to him that Mr Morrison had also referred to Kosovo and Operation Desert Fox in the 1990s, the PMOS said that the MoD had already dealt with this matter. He had nothing further to add.
Asked if Downing Street would agree with Mr Morrison’s suggestion that the independence of the ISC was a fiction in the light of the way he had left his job, the PMOS said that Mr Morrison had been employed by the ISC and it would therefore be wrong for him, as the PMOS, to comment on this matter in any way.
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