» Thursday, October 28, 2004

John Morrison

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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  1. ‘the PMOS pointed out that this issue had been investigated by four inquiries’

    Why don’t the press just ask the PMOS why they are lying? The political judgements on the use of intelligence has been specifically excluded from all of the inquiries so this hasn’t been investigated at all.

    Just because they keep repeating the same lie doesn’t making any less a lie.

    Comment by Uncarved Block — 28 Oct 2004 on 8:43 pm | Link
  2. You cant really call them inquiries, more like diversions. The only answers they gave were to a completely different question – just another case of this government manipulating anything that they can, statistics, inteligence, and mainly the public. More people need to stop believing what they read in the sun etc, and the media need to start telling news and not opinion and emotion like they do now.

    Comment by tony — 1 Nov 2004 on 7:03 pm | Link
  3. As an old colleague of John Morrison from JIB and DIS days I should be most grateful if he would kindly get in touch with me possibly by e-mail. Many thanks.
    Philip Joseph

    Comment by Philip Joseph — 6 Nov 2004 on 6:50 pm | Link

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