Update on Iraq Inquiry Progress

On 15 July the Iraq Inquiry has published an unpdate on its progress that Sir John Chilcot sent to Prime Minister David Cameron

In his statement, Chilcot says that the Inquiry has made significant progress with writing its report.  It has begun a dialogue with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, about material the Inquiry wishes to include in its report covering discussions in Cabinet and Cabinet Committees, Mr Blair's notes to President Bush, and records of discussions between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and George Bush and Barack Obama.

It will  be in a position to begin the “Maxwellization process” (a process of writing to individuals that may be criticized) by the end of July, with letters containing the provisional criticisms to follow at the end of October. That will be a confidential process. The report will be presented to the Prime Minister before publication, the it will be debated on the floor of the House of Commons.

Interestingly The Guardian journalist Richard Norton-Taylor, recalls that referring to passages in memoirs including Blair's autobiography, "A Journey", Chilcot said he had been left in the position that individuals "may disclose privileged information (without sanction) whilst a committee of privy counsellors established by a former prime minister to review the issues cannot".

So, Sir John, Mr Cameron, keep calm and carry on declassifying.

Source: Iraq Inquiry, The Guardian

Matteo Angioli