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Re: [casi] all UK articles on plagiarised dossier

there are also stories in the daily mirror  and daily express;

Iraq report 'is a rip-off from the internet'

By John Peacock And James Hardy

A DOWNING Street dossier showing how Iraq has deceived UN weapons inspectors
is partly based on a 12-year-old report, it was claimed last night.

The Government is said to have used internet material from several sources,
including a student in California, whose work was based on documents
captured in 1991 following the first Gulf War.

One expert said: "The Government is trying to build a case for war but, in
view of this, what else can we believe?

"Colin Powell used some of this in his publication to the UN. It has got to
cast questions over his presentation."

The dossier was branded "cut and paste plagiarism" and includes misquoted
phrases, spelling mistakes and wrong punctuation.

A Cambridge University student, who has studied the documents, said: "The
Government's report 'Iraq - Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and
Intimidation,' suggests the UK does not have available information of Iraq's
intelligence services."

Cambridge don Glen Rangwala, an expert on Iraq, said the bulk of the
Government's 19-page document was copied, without acknowledgement, from an
article in Middle East Review of International Affairs by Ibrahim
al-Marashi, a student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Dr Rangwala said the public had been led to believe the Government's report
was a result of direct investigation, rather than simply copied from pre-
existing internet sources.

Examples of misquoting include the phrase "aiding opposition groups in
hostile regimes", which the Government report puts as "supporting terrorist
organisations in hostile regimes". Text from Sean Boyne's "Inside Iraq's
Security Network" mentions "10,000-15,000 bullies and country bumpkins
recruited from regions loyal to Saddam".

The Government's version deletes "country bumpkins".

Dan Plesch, from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in
London, told Channel 4: "This appears to be obsolete academic analysis
dressed up as the best MI6...can produce on Saddam."

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The report was put together by a range of
Government officials.

"It was drawn from a number of sources, including intelligence material, but
it does not identify or credit any sources, neither does it claim any
exclusivity of authorship."

also report on their website today (not in paper)b

Feb 7 2003

Former Labour minister Glenda Jackson today accused the Government of lying
to the public over its Iraq dossier.

Ms Jackson said the file, which was supposed to prove Saddam's attempts to
deceive the UN, is an example of how Downing Street is trying to mislead

Last night it emerged the dossier was partly based on 12-year-old
information and included chunks lifted from a thesis by a student in

Ms Jackson told the BBC: "If that was presented to Parliament and the
country as being up-to-date intelligence, albeit collected from a variety of
sources but by British intelligence agents, and in fact as we now know they
simply lifted it from a university thesis, it is another example of how the
Government is attempting to mislead the country and Parliament on the issue
of a possible war with Iraq.

"And of course to mislead is a Parliamentary euphemism for lying."

The student who wrote the thesis, Ibrahim al-Marashi, is furious the British
Government used his work without giving him credit for his efforts.

"They never cited my article," Mr al-Marashi said. "Any academic, when you
publish anything, the only thing you ask for in return is that they include
a citation of your work. There are laws and regulations about plagiarism
that you would think the UK Government would abide by."

Downing Street today admitted it was wrong to produce the document without
crediting Mr al-Marashi.

But a spokesman for Tony Blair insisted the document was accurate.

No 10 accused of plagiarising Iraq dossier

Tony Blair is facing accusations that Downing Street had plagiarised its
latest dossier of evidence against Saddam Hussein from out-of-date material.

No 10 insisted the dossier released on Monday was "accurate" and had never
claimed exclusive authorship.

But the Tories said this explanation "utterly failed" to deny or excuse the
allegations that the 19-page intelligence document was substantially

The dossier was designed to help win over sceptics by outlining Iraq's
alleged efforts to hide its weapons of mass destruction.

The Downing Street notice introducing the document said: "Iraq's campaign of
obstruction against United Nations weapons inspectors is set out in a new
report released by the government".

But experts dismissed the dossier as largely copied from three different
articles, Channel 4 News reported.

One article which the programme claimed was a major source for the Downing
Street document was written by a postgraduate student, Ibrahim al-Marashi,
from Monterey, California.

He was researching material relating to the build-up to the 1991 Gulf War
and not to the current situation, it was alleged.

Channel 4 News reported that Glen Rangwala, an academic at Cambridge
University, spotted that large chunks of the student's paper had been copied
to form parts of the No 10 dossier, called, Iraq - Its Infrastructure of
Concealment Deception and Intimidation.

Dr Rangwala, a lecturer in politics, told the programme: "The British
Government's dossier is 19 pages long and most of pages 6 to 16 are copied
directly from that document word for word, even the grammatical errors and
typographical mistakes."

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