Iraqi intelligence service attempts to sue Guardian

The Iraqi national intelligence service is seeking damages from the Guardian over a story by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad which characterised prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as increasingly autocratic.

The story included interviews with three unnamed Iraqi national intelligence sources, who said elements of Maliki’s rule resembled a dictatorship.

The national intelligence service said the story was “false and defamatory”, and also demanded that Abdul-Ahad reveal the identity of his sources,

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger said: “We are disappointed that prime minister Maliki has launched this misguided action against the Guardian. We will, of course, contest it.”

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