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Blair in Secret Plot with Bush to Dupe U.N.

A White House leak revealing astonishing details of how Tony Blair and George Bush lied about the Iraq war is set to cause a worldwide political storm . A new book exposes how the two men connived to dupe the United Nations and blows the lid off Mr Blair\'s claim that he was a restraining influence on Mr Bush. He offered his total support for the war at a secret White House summit as Mr Bush displayed his contempt for the UN, made a series of wild threats against Saddam Hussein and showed a devastating ignorance about the catastrophic aftermath of the war. Based on access to information at the highest level, the book by leading British human rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law at London University, demonstrates how the two men decided to go to war regardless of whether they obtained UN backing. The revelations make a nonsense of Mr Blair\'s claim that the final decision was not made until MPs voted in the Commons 24 hours before the war - and could revive the risk of him being charged with war crimes or impeached by Parliament itself. The book also makes serious allegations concerning the conduct of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer and Attorney General Lord Goldsmith over Goldsmith\'s legal advice on the war. And it alleges the British Government boasted that disgraced newspaper tycoon Conrad Black was being used by Mr Bush\'s allies in America as a channel for pro-war propaganda in the UK via his Daily Telegraph newspaper. The leaks are contained in a new version of Sands\' book \"Lawless World\" to be published by Penguin on Thursday, and are likely to cause a fierce new controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. It follows recent charges against two British men under the Official Secrets Act after a transcript of another conversation between Mr Bush and Blair, in which the President raised the possibility of bombing the Al Jazeera Arab TV station, was leaked by a Whitehall official.