Henrietta Wilson conducts research on armaments and arms regulations and teaches politics and international relations at U.K. universities. She is a visiting research fellow and Ph.D. candidate at King’s College London. Her co-edited collection “Open Source Investigations in the Age of Google” is due out in summer 2023.
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History ultimately proved the international inspections right, while the cited intelligence was wrong. Why the difference? Unlike the misuse of distorted intelligence based on uncorroborated single sources, the international inspections relied on multifaceted data collection and analysis. Prevented from the comparatively straightforward sequential tasks of verifying Iraqi WMD declarations and elimination anticipated by the 1991 cease-fire, they devised multiple approaches to find overlapping indicators of illicit weapons programs instead.