Weapons inspectors' phones 'bugged'
The telephones of former UN chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Richard Butler were also tapped while on missions abroad, it was claimed today, amid the continuing fallout of Clare Short’s claims that British spies bugged the UN secretary general. Speaking on Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio, Mr Butler said he was “well aware” that his phone calls were being monitored during his time as chief weapons inspector. Mr Butler told ABC: “Of course I was bugged. I was well aware of it. How did I know? Because those who did it would come to me and show me the recordings that they had made on others to help me do my job disarming Iraq.” ABC investigative reporter Andrew Fowler also claimed that sources had told him that Australia’s Office of National Assessments had read transcripts of telephone conversations involving Mr Blix, Mr Butler’s successor in the role during the Iraq crisis last year, while he was in Iraq. Full Story