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Captain Scarlett

by | 7th, May 2004

‘IF it wasn’t for US army specialist Joseph Darby, who is the man who released those pictures of the soldiers abusing Iraqis, we might never have learnt what passes for justice in parts of American-controlled Iraq.

Cluedo: Was it Mr Scarlett on the sofa with the dossier?

Whether or not the abuse is the tip of an iceberg or not, we might never know. Governments like to hang onto their secrets however dark, however shameful.

But at least we in Britain now know who keeps ours. He’s called John Scarlett, and, as the Guardian says in its lead story, he’s just been appointed as the new head of MI6.

And if you or Tony Blair ask nicely, he might just tell you anything you want to know.

This, after all, is the official held responsible for that Iraq weapons dossier, the dodgy one where we were all 45 minutes from annihilation.

It’s pretty clear that what Scarlett tells you might not be right or true, but he will tell you something, and that has to be an improvement on silence.

For this reason, it’s little surprise that the relatively high-profile Scarlett got the job ahead of the other candidates.

As the Times says, it’s more normal for the deputy of the service to

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