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Thursday, 3 November, 2005

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Today was the day the Bush administration was dreading: one of its senior officials "Scooter" Libby appeared in court in a case that will rake over the coals of the intelligence case for the War on Iraq.

At the heart of the scandal is Ambassador Joe Wilson. He was despatched by President Bush to the tiny African state of Niger to establish whether Saddam Hussain had in fact been trying to buy uranium there, as British intelligence was saying. But he returned with no evidence, and dared to say so, dubbing American intelligence on the threat from Iraq "twisted" and "exaggerated".

The name of his wife, undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, was leaked by White House officials, apparently in retaliation. Thus far the scandal has engulfed the White House. But the origins of the scandal have their roots firmly in the corridors of Whitehall - whence the dossiers on Iraqi weapons emerged.

Tonight we will trace the British origins of the case and we will be talking exclusively to Ambassador Wilson himself.


It's show-down time for the Tory leadership candidates.

David Cameron and David Davis go head-to-head in what could be a make or break debate on Question Time.

Our own David (Grossman) will bring you the essential highlights - and we have brought our team of former political advisers back for their ringside verdict on the bout.


You could not dream up a better tabloid story. The Sun's editor Rebekah Wade has been released without charged after being arrested for allegedly assaulting her husband, the EastEnders hard man Ross Kemp.

She's now presumably back at work on tomorrow's edition. I wonder what their lead story will be?

Meanwhile, perhaps more fittingly for his paper, the editor of the FT has left his job after "strategic differences" with the management. But was he pushed or did he jump? Steve Smith will be reporting on a most bizarre day in the life of the press.


And we return to the Indian Pakistan border after the earthquake to see if the tragedy has done anything to soothe relations between the two countries. Navdip Dhariwal reports from the frontier between Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

That's all on BBC Two at 10.30pm.

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