Iraq War resignation letter censored

The Guardian
By Richard Norton-Taylor
Thursday March 24, 2005

The government yesterday tried to suppress evidence that the attorney general believed war against Iraq was illegal less than two weeks before British troops joined the US-led invasion of the country.

It has removed a key passage in the resignation letter written by Elizabeth Wilmshurst, deputy chief legal adviser at the Foreign Office, on March 18 2003, the eve of the invasion.

The remainder of her letter – in which she described the planned invasion as a “crime of aggression” – was released yesterday under the Freedom of Information Act. The entire letter would have remained secret had not the Guardian published parts of it last month, the FO said.

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