Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and current premier David Cameron have been accused of striking a secret deal to prevent the Chilcot inquiry to publish Iraq war key documents.
Former British Foreign Secretary David Owen said extracts of letters between ex-US President George Bush and Blair have not been made public to save the former PMâ„¢s reputation.
Speaking at the literary festival in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, Owen said Cameron had supported Blairâ„¢s decision to keep the publication of the documents related to the Iraq war secret.
Å“Publication of the Bush extracts would not be blocked if Tony Blair had not objected, nor that objection had not been supported by the present Prime Minister David Cameron,” said Owen.
“It is hard to escape the conclusion that No 10 hopes to win the neutrality or possibly tacit support of Blair by the general election,” he added.
The documents are likely to uncover that Blair had already agreed to attack Iraq up to a year before the 2003 US-led invasion of the Arab country.
The Chilcot Inquiry into British involvement in the Iraq war and its aftermath was set by former PM Gordon Brown in June 2009 and is expected to issue its report this autumn despite long delays.
The US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law in 2003 under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. No WMDs, however, were ever discovered in Iraq.
More than one million Iraqis were killed as a result of the invasion and subsequent occupation of the country, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.
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