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Andy Coulson was not given top-level background checks

Andy Coulson underwent only mid-level security vetting as David Cameron's communications chief at Downing Street.

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Christopher Bland: A gross media manipulation that has eroded public trust in Government

"Nothing to add to evidence to inquiry. Dossier not case for war." (Alastair Campbell, Twitter, May 12 2011.) "Alastair Campbell said to the Inquiry that the purpose of the Dossier was "not to make a case for war". I had no doubt at the time that this was exactly its purpose...." (Major-General Michael Laurie's letter 0f 27.1.10 to the Chilcot enquiry, released on Thursday, 15 months later.)

Iraq evidence 'vindicates BBC's dossier claims'

The editor of the BBC's Today programme at the time of its controversial 2003 report which claimed the Government had "sexed up" an Iraqi weapons dossier said last night that evidence provided to the Iraq Inquiry by the former intelligence official Michael Laurie proved that his team had been right all along.

Adrian Hamilton: The doubters have their day

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