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Government coaching on the Iraq embargo reddens faces in Whitehall

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE PUBLICATION OF A cache of secret documents to kick up controversy. And the furor was substantial indeed when a court in London released memos and letters indicating that government officials were long aware that British companies were violating an embargo against shipping military equipment to Saddam Hussein's armies before the Gulf War. The documents were released when charges were dropped against three British businessmen accused of falsifying export papers for machine tools that could be used in the manufacture of artillery shells and fuses. The prosecution's case crumbled because Alan Clark, former Secretary of State for Trade...

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