Hans Blix accused Tony Blair and George Bush of behaving like insincere salesmen who "exaggerated" intelligence in an attempt to win support for war
Referring to the government's controversial dossier - with its suggestion that WMDs could be deployed within 45 minutes - [Hans Blix] insisted: "The intention was to dramatise it, just as the vendors of some merchandise are trying to exaggerate the importance of what they have....But from politicians or our leaders in the western word, I think we expect more than that. A bit more sincerity........"They say some WMDs can be ready to be used within 45 minutes. Well, which ones? It certainly wasn't nuclear because the report says that they were not developing nuclear, so they didn't have them. And what is meant by being ready? Is it a phial of anthrax that can be tossed at somebody? I mean one can interpret it in different ways."
Asked about claims in the Observer that Britain had spied on UN allies in the run-up to Iraq, he said: "I wouldn't be at all surprised if that was the case ... I assumed when I was in New York that I might well have been bugged in my office."