"If the school project was good enough for Her Majesty's
Intelligence Services, we do not see why it could not have at least warranted
a D minus," said Collin Powis, a solicitor for the boy's family. "Good
|Student sues school over 'dodgy dossier'
Sheffield, England .... Schoolboy Terence
Spinner-Campbell is suing the Ecclesfield Community Primary School for
unjustly awarding him an 'F' grade for a Geography class project that was
later used by British intelligence services in a government dossier on
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
This follows an admission by un-named intelligence sources
that the dossier's introductory chapter on the geography of Iraq was plagiarised
almost word-for-word from the class project submitted by the ten-year boy
to his schoolmistress Ms Olivia Marples, 54, last January.
we probably went to war partly because of it."
The controversy erupted when reporters at the launch of
the dossier in Parliament last February were astonished by the unusual
number of spelling, grammatical and factual mistakes in the introductory
"We suspected something was amiss when the dossier continually
referred to the 'Iraqenese'", said a reporter from a daily tabloid.
"The dossier also frequently confused Saddam Hussein with England cricket
"We may not be intelligence experts but we knew that map
of Iraq crudely drawn on the back of an S Club 7 poster with brightly coloured
crayons was not derived from high-definition spy satellite imagery," he
"The Government leaves no stone unturned in its quest for
intelligence," he stressed.
||In an official statement from the school, Ms Marples
defended her grading of the boy's homework. "It was a hastily-written,
crude and inept piece of research, riddled with gross inaccuracies, mindless
speculation and pure fantasy. And the boy's work was bad as well."
But a Downing Street spokesman said the dossier was "accurate"
and that the government had never claimed exclusive authorship. "The
report was put together by a range of government officials," he said.
"As the report itself makes clear, it was drawn from a number of high-level
intelligence sources, including school projects, the Beano, OK! Magazine
and even readings by the Prime Minister's personal astrologer. It also
quotes highly-respected US intelligence sources such as the National Enquirer."
Spinner-Campbell is also considering taking legal action
against the Government for making deliberate changes to his original work,
Powis said. "A comment he wrote about airline flights from Baghdad to the
Gulf States taking 45 minutes was somehow changed to some nonsensical gibberish
about deploying weapons of mass destruction."
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