Fake Source Nearly Fooled MI6 With Imaginary Iraqi Intelligence Nicked from a Film

By Gary Cutlack on at

One source of information rubbished in the many pages of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq war appears to have been making things up to deliberately fool our intelligence services, by relaying Hollywood blockbuster terrorist plots to imagine bad things happening.

According to a baffling section in the Chilcot Report, a source who claimed to have "direct access" to the then regime of Saddam Hussein delivered believable intelligence about the use of round glass bottles to store a deadly chemical agent. This tends to not happen in real life, though, as scientists developing deadly toxins prefer to carry them about in something a bit tougher than a flimsy glass tube.

In fact, it only really happens in Sean Connery vehicle The Rock, with Chilcot explaining: "In early October, questions were raised with SIS about the mention of glass containers in the 23 September 2002 report 47," adding that "...glass containers were not typically used in chemical munitions; and that a popular movie had inaccurately depicted nerve agents being carried in glass beads or spheres."

"However... the source's description of the device and its spherical glass contents was 'remarkably similar to the fictional chemical weapon portrayed in the film The Rock,'" the section of the report concluded. So someone was pretending to be a grass, presumably in return for pay or privileges, and quoting stuff that happened in a film to make it look like it was real. Imagine we'd gone to war over that. [IB Times]


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