David Rose

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David Rose is a British journalist who by his own admission served as a conduit for intelligence disinformation[1] on both sides of the Atlantic. Three of his stories, based on alarmist testimony from INC defectors and asserting an Iraq-al-Qaida link, played a key role in selling the Iraq war.

Rose has also repeatedly written articles misquoting scientists on climate change.[2],[3],[4]


Rose has written for The Guardian[5], has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, and in the run-up to the Iraq war, was a reporter for the Observer.[6]

David Rose (@DavidRoseUK on Twitter) has not responded to repeated requests to say what if any scientific qualifications he has.[7] [8]

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  1. David Rose (2007-09-27). Spies and their lies. New Statesman. Retrieved on 2010-12-08. “British intelligence has long used clandestine "deniable briefings" to release information real and false to tame hacks including David Rose... "It is my honest belief that the way Britain's spooks deal with the media has simply become untenable, gravely damaging journalists and spies alike."”
  2. Deep Climate (pseudonym) (2010-01-11). Mojib Latif slams Daily Mail. Deep Climate. Retrieved on 2010-12-08. “...a look at the short and dubious track record of newly-minted contrarian climate “investigative journalist” David Rose, whose very first climate change article was an overview of Climategate “research” from Steve McIntyre, with generous assistance from Ross McKitrick.”
  3. Tim Lambert (2010-01-29). Rosegate scandal still growing. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-12-08. “as well as misrepresenting Murari Lal and Mojib Latif, David Rose did the same thing to Roger Pielke Jr. Just as with Lal and Latif, no correction has been made.”
  4. Tim Lambert (2010-01-30). Rosegate: David Rose caught misrepresenting another scientist. Deltoid. Retrieved on 2010-12-08. “You can add the George Kaser to the list...”
  5. No byline (2009-09-30). articles by David Rose. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
  6. George Monbiot (2010-12-08). David Rose's climate science writing shows he has not learned from previous mistakes. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-12-08. “The Observer was more influential in the build-up to the war than any other outlet... It also emboldened some wavering Labour MPs and helped Tony Blair make his case. The Observer's position was strongly influenced by Rose's reporting. Though others warned that his sources should not be trusted, Rose's articles for the paper uncritically reported the claims made by Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Chalabi later admitted that they were incorrect.”
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