The Chilcot Report detailing Britain’s role in leading us and them into the war in Iraq is over 800 pages long, but there are some interesting little bits that tell us a great deal about the people who dug up the “intelligence” on Saddam Hussein.
“Valuable intelligence” found by MI6 about Saddam Hussein’s alleged nerve gas arsenal may have in fact been stolen from a Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage action film, the Chilcot Inquiry has disclosed.
Intelligence officers circulated a report of deadly nerve toxins being held in glass spheres, until it was noticed it bore a marked similarity to scenes in the 1996 thriller The Rock.
The Secret Intelligence Service reported details in September 2002 from a source saying the regime had produced VX, sarin and soman nerve agents at Al-Yarmuk, in Iraq.
The source had said the agents were loaded into a variety of “containers”, including “linked hollow glass spheres”.
The source commented that there had been “accelerated production of chemical warfare substances at Al-Yarmuk for several years”. MI6 described the detail as “valuable intelligence”, though it arrived too late to influence the dossier published to make the case for war.
However the Chilcot Inquiry found the glass detail raised alarms inside MI6 soon after it was circulated.
It was pointed out that: “Glass containers were not typically used in chemical munitions; and that a popular movie (The Rock) had inaccurately depicted nerve agents being carried in glass beads or spheres.”
Sir John found: “The questions about the use of glass containers for chemical agent and the similarity of the description to those portrayed in The Rock had been recognised by SIS.”
MI6 later discovered the source had been lying “over a period of time”.
We would have never gone to war if Sean Connery had been available to disarm Iraq.
The report does not reveal if MI6 was able to find Saddam Hussein’s stash of gold by finding a hidden treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence.