Disclosure of WMD dossier
22 January 2008
The Information Tribunal has ordered the disclosure of a previously unpublished draft of the government's dossier, on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The Tribunal rejected the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's main argument that the draft constituted exempt information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but that the exemption did not outweigh the public interest in disclosure.
The Tribunal concluded that the effect of its disclosure would have been quite limited in 2005 because of the prior publication of the Hutton Report. However the view was that disclosure could add to the public's understanding of the issues in question and was therefore of value.