MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former US State Secretary Colin Powell’s 2002 memo to former US President George W. Bush revealed Blair continued "to stand by" Bush as he prepared to invade Iraq the following year.
The Guardian cited an inquiry spokesman saying Sir John Chilcot will not comment on the correspondence "so as not to prejudice or pre-empt the report."
The newspaper further cited Chilcot’s promise last week to provide a timetable for publication of the 2009 inquiry by November 3.
The leaked memo was in sharp contrast with Blair’s public stance on the invasion in Iraq, as he was telling his voters the country was not proposing any military action.
The United Kingdom was part of a US-led coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003, without a UN mandate, after falsely accusing former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction.