[Media-watch] Today item on Iraqi defector

Media Lens editor editor at medialens.org
Mon Mar 3 19:26:40 GMT 2003

Don't suppose anyone on this list has access to a 
transcript from last Friday's Today programme from about 0750? I'd like to see 
just what coverage they gave to the late Iraqi defector Hussein Kamel and his 
testimony regarding Iraqi's "weapons of mass destruction". Reliable defector or 
not, either way recent revelations re: the Kamel debriefing by UN weapons 
inspectors undermine Bush and Blair. But the story seems to have virtually sunk 
without trace (though there was a curious little article by Julian Borger in 
Saturday's Guardian).
Please see the exchange below with Today editor 
Kevin Marsh......
David Cromwell
Media Lens
From: Media Lens editor 
[mailto:editor at medialens.org] Sent: 03 March 2003 09:46To: Kevin 
MarshSubject: Today programme on Iraqi defector Hussein Kamel 
Dear Kevin Marsh, 
The report below [from FAIR, previously posted, and not included here] 
regarding Iraqi defector Hussein Kamel appears to be crucial regarding Iraq's 
supposed weapons of mass destruction - the crux of the case for war, so Bush and 
Blair tell us.... 
The Today programme picked this up last Friday - a very short item at 0638 
between Edward Stourton and defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan. Virtually 
nothing since then. It surely merits much closer attention. 
I look forward to hearing from you. 
regards,(Dr) David Cromwellco-editor, Media 
3 March, 2003Thanks for this - we did, actually, do rather more than you 
recall: we also covered the item at 0750 in an interview withou t defence 
specialist, extracts from the document, and interview with Dan Plesch and an 
interview with Rolf Ekeus who supervised the original debriefKJM 

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