Former MI6 spy chief Sir John Scarlett has landed a top oil job as Statoil’s strategic advisor.
Sir John was co-author of Tony Blair’s Iraq ‘dodgy’ Dossier, which alleged Saddam Hussein had a stock of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
UK MPs used the published document as part of their decision to back military intervention following claims these weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) could be deployed within 45 minutes. After the war, however, subsequent investigations showed vital parts of the dossier were overstated, plagiarised, or fabricated, and no WMDs were found.
“These assessments were all wrong. This became clear as U.S. forces searched without success for the WMD that the Intelligence Community had predicted. Extensive post-war investigations were carried out by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG). The ISG found no evidence that Iraq had tried to reconstitute its capability to produce nuclear weapons after 1991; no evidence of BW agent stockpiles or of mobile biological weapons production facilities; and no substantial chemical warfare (CW) stockpiles or credible indications that Baghdad had resumed production of CW after 1991. Just about the only thing that the Intelligence Community got right was its pre-war conclusion that Iraq had deployed missiles with ranges exceeding United Nations limitations,” states the WMD Commission’s final report after the war.
Sir John also faced allegations of being improperly guided by Alastair Campbell, Mr Blair’s director of communications, reports The Daily Mail.
Bård Glad Pedersen, Statoil’s media contact for its international upstream activities, onshore and offshore underlines Sir John is not employee, but “will be part of a committee meeting three times per year to provide geo-political context and insight regarding our businesses,” he tells The Foreigner.
“He will not be advising us on any particular country, or be a formal part of any decision made. His participation in this advisory committee has no relation to our operations in Iraq, which is a Lukoil-operated contract that we joined in 2009,” Mr Pedersen says.
Special Envoy David Goldwyn, the US State Department’s Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, appointed by Secretary Hilary Clinton, is also on the committee, which Statoil is looking to expand with three or four additional representatives.
Iraq’s West Qurna Oil Field is expected to yield 150,000 barrels per day by 2013, making it one of the Middle East’s most productive.
Sir John Scarlett received his knighthood in 2007, three years after becoming director general of MI6, known as the Secret Intelligence Service.
He served in his post until 2009, giving evidence about the “September Dossier” in December the same year during the Iraq Inquiry.