Lord Dannatt wrong on troop numbers, civil servant told US - TelegraphThe senior civil servant organising the Iraq Inquiry secretly briefed against Britains top general after he called for more troops to counter a surge of deaths in Afghanistan.
In a private meeting in July 2009, the civil servant told US diplomats that General Lord Dannatt, who was head of the Army, was wrong to claim that more boots on the ground were needed.
Margaret Aldred, who was deputy head of the foreign and defence policy secretariat at the Cabinet Office, also contradicted a defence select committee report that said forces in Afghanistan needed more helicopters.
Less than a month later she was appointed as the secretary to the Iraq inquiry. Mrs Aldred is responsible for calling witnesses, gathering evidence and scheduling hearings.
The revelations, disclosed in cables leaked to WikiLeaks, expose the advice given to Gordon Brown during one of the most testing periods of his premiership, when 15 soldiers were killed in 10 days ...