Once again a slight error. No full transcript of the meeting exists, simply the minutes, there is a difference. But here is a more complete version of the quote;
"On Iraq, the so-called Downing Street Memo from July, 2002, says, ''Intelligence and facts remain fixed around the policy of removing Saddam through military actions.''
Is this an accurate reflection of what happened? Could both of you respond?
Mr Blair: Well, I can respond to that very easily.
No, the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all. And let me remind you that that memorandum was written before we then went to the United Nations."
So once again we see that Mr Blair has denied the allegation but verified the authenticity of the document. Unless you think this too is out of context. Well here is the full transcript of the press conference;
As Mr Blair is a serial liar it is possible both of these statements are false, my money would still be on the former. The DSM was a very late-breaking story in the U.S. but it came days before the British election and was printed by a Murdoch owned paper. Needless to say, if there was no such memo, then it would have quickly been established. The authenticity of the document is under no suspicion in my country, indeed the PM has already had to respond to the claims made in Prime Ministers Questions, in case you don't know this is when the PM is asked questions by members of the House of Parliament, a weekly occurrence when Parliament is in session. He skirted the allegations but confirmed the authenticity. I am as yet unable to find a transcript of the session all I have been able to find so far is a press release from Plaid Cymru. I'll keep looking though.