From the Guardian:
The British government never believed Saddam Hussein posed a threat to British interests and warned the US that toppling him would lead to “chaos”, according to a Foreign Office diplomat closely involved in negotiations in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Damning repudiation of the government’s public claims in the run-up to the war is contained in secret evidence to Lord Butler’s committee on the abuse of intelligence over Iraq by Carne Ross, a diplomat at Britain’s UN mission in New York.
His evidence, in which he says the government privately assessed that Iraq possessed no significant quantity of weapons of mass destruction, has been published on the Commons foreign affairs committee website. Mr Ross gave evidence to the group last month but some MPs had been reluctant to have it published.
With a tip to Harry Shearer’s Le Show.