Campbell has denied to the Iraq Inquiry sexing up the dodgy dossier, cue much tittering in the press room. His denials were as patchy and hole-ridden as the original intelligence. Haven’t we been over this already?
Campbell is older, calmer, but clearly not wiser – the lies and spin are ageless. He managed to keep a straight face while suggesting that the “45 minutes” aspect was not important and perhaps most hilariously that “I don’t worry about headlines. I never did.” He claimed he didn’t phone up hacks or editors and didn’t manipulate Standard headlines. Nobody believes him.
The real cheek though has been his constant referrals to his diaries – forget the oil – that’s the real blood money. Using a public inquiry and unbroken TV coverage as nothing more than an opportunity to flog his book is low even by Campbell’s standards. Don’t let him make any money out of this. If for some reason you feel inclined to read the his diaries, don’t line his pockets – download them here for free.