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February 06, 2003

Dossier-Gate-- Blair Plagiarized Anti-Iraq Text

If some of the arguments about the dangers of Iraq seem like an unconvincing, labored academic exercise, it's because they are. Apparently, the "Iraq Dossier"-- Tony Blair's early attempt at an "Adlai moment" was plagiarized from a graduate student who published a piece in a small journal, the Middle East Review of International Affairs. From a story from Britain's Channel 4:

A section, for example, six paragraphs long, on Saddam's Special Security Organisation, the exact same words are in the Californian student's paper.

In several places Downing Street edits the originals to make more sinister reading...

Even typographic mistakes in the original articles are repeated.

We really aren't dealing here with real facts, just conjecture and strong power point presentations. And apparently even those are being plagiarized.

Posted by Nathan at February 6, 2003 10:21 PM

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