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Profile: Andrew Wilkie

Positions that Andrew Wilkie has held:

Quotes

June 9, 2003

“In the assessments on the US, it was being made very clear to government all the things which were driving the US on Iraq. WMD wasn’t the most important issue. In fact, it was seen as a secondary issue.…. It was also about the credibility of the US military. The US sees its military and threat of force as one of its most important foreign policy tools. They had threatened to use force and would lose credibility if they didn’t.” [Sydney Morning Herald, 6/10/2003]

Associated Events

June 19, 2003

“‘Intelligence’ was how the Americans described the material accumulating on Iraq from their super-sophisticated spy systems. But two analysts at the Office of National Assessments in Canberra, a decent chunk of the growing pile looked like rubbish. In their offices on the top floor of the drab ASIO building, ONA experts found much of the US material worthy only of the delete button or the classified waste chute to the truck-sized shredder in the basement.… Report after report from the bureaucracy made it abundantly clear that the US impatience to go for Iraq had very little to do with WMDs and an awful lot to do with US strategic and domestic interests.” [Sydney Morning Herald, 5/31/2003]

Associated Events

July 2003

“Every stage of the [nuclear] weapons cycle was missing.” [CBS News, 7/19/2003]

Associated Events

August 22, 2003

The Australian government “skewed, misrepresented, used selectively and fabricated” intelligence in order to build its case for invading Iraq. [Tom Paine (.com), 8/22/2003; Independent, 8/23/2003]

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August 23, 2003

“The [Australian] Government lied every time.… It skewed, misrepresented, used selectively, and fabricated the Iraq story.… The Government lied when the Prime Minister’s office told the media I was mentally unstable.… The Government lied when it associated Iraq with the Bali bombing and the Government lied every time that it associated Iraq with the war on terror.… I think it would be far more valuable, far more useful for this country if instead of attacking those who criticize it, the Government sought to explain in a sensible and honest way why there is such a gap between their justification for the war and what we all now know for sure. speaking at a conference in Sydney today.” [Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 8/23/2003]

Associated Events

Andrew Wilkie was a participant or observer in the following events:

Andrew Wilkie, an analyst for the Australian Office of National Assessments, says in testimony before British Parliament that the British and Australian governments had backed US allegations despite reports from their respective intelligence agencies that Iraq was not a serious threat. In fact, Wilkie goes so far as to say that the two governments deliberately distorted and doctored evidence to support US claims, which he describes as “ridiculous,” “preposterous” and “fundamentally flawed.” According to him, there was an “over-reliance” on “garbage grade human intelligence” by individuals he says were “desperate to encourage intervention.” (Blackman 6/20/2003)

Andrew Wilkie, an analyst for the Australian Office of National Assessments, tells an Australian parliamentary inquiry investigating pre-war claims about Iraq, that the Australian government manipulated intelligence in an effort to build support for the March 2003 US-led invasion. He explains that the government misrepresented intelligence by concealing from the public ambiguities that were present in its intelligence assessments. (Wilkie 8/22/2003; Age (Melbourne) 8/23/2003; Marks 8/23/2003)


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