[Marxism] More on 'Bomb Al-Jazeera' memo

Kevin Partridge thepartridge at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 01:29:38 MST 2005


This morning's Guardian is reporting that Blair has threathened the press
with the Official Secrets Act if they publish the contents of the memo.

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"It is believed to be the first time the Blair government has threatened
newspapers in this way. Though it has obtained court injunctions against
newspapers, the government has never prosecuted editors for publishing the
contents of leaked documents, including highly sensitive ones about the
run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

The attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, last night referred editors to
newspaper reports yesterday that described the contents of a memo purporting
to be at the centre of charges against two men under the secrets act.

Under the front-page headline "Bush plot to bomb his ally", the Daily Mirror
reported that the US president last year planned to attack the Arabic
television station al-Jazeera, which has its headquarters in Doha, the
capital of Qatar, where US and British bombers were based.

Richard Wallace, editor of the Daily Mirror, said last night: "We made No 10
fully aware of the intention to publish and were given 'no comment'
officially or unofficially. Suddenly 24 hours later we are threatened under
section 5 [of the secrets act]".

Under section 5 it is an offence to have come into the possession of
government information, or a document from a crown servant, if that person
discloses it without lawful authority. The prosecution has to prove the
disclosure was damaging."

[SNIP]
 Rest at http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1648590,00.html



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