Government has been quick to deny that it practices, or tolerates the
practice of, torture. So it is perhaps not suprising that it is determined
that you should not see the following documents:
(download from PNN)
Murray was the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, until his complaints and
protest at the use of intelligence gained by torture got too much for
Jack Straw and the Foreign Office, who set about attempting to unsuccessfully
smear him, and to successfully remove him from office.
Foreign Office has had the draft of Craig Murray's book for clearance
for over 3 months now, and they are doing everything they can to try
and prevent him from publishing his side of the story. Their latest
attempt to cover their own backs was to inform him, the night before
Christmas Eve, that these two documents cannot be published, and that
he was to return or destroy all copies immediately.
are these documents?
document is a series of telegrams that Craig sent to the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO), outlining his growing concern and disgust
at British use of intelligence passed to the UK by the Uzbek security
document is a copy of legal advice the Foreign Office sought, to see
if they were operating within the law in accepting torture intelligence,
and according to Michael Wood the FCO legal adviser; it is fine, as
long as it is not used as evidence.
with this heavy-handed censorship by the FCO, in an attempt to cover
up Britain's use of and complicity in torture, Craig Murray has decided
to fight back, and has asked bloggers and independent web sites worldwide
to publish this information, so it cannot be suppressed.
am in discussion with the FCO over what I am and am not allowed to
publish in my book. The FCO is seeking to gut the book of all evidence
of complicity with the Uzbek regime.
With Bliar cornered on extraordinary rendition, they are particularly
anxious to suppress all evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence
from Uzbek torture.
particular, they have demanded I do not publish the attached documents,
and that I hand over all copies of them.
obvious answer to this is to post these documents as widely on the
web as possible. This is also potentially very valuable in establishing
that I am not attempting to make money from these documents
you don't have to buy my book to see them, they are freely available.
If you buy the book, you are only paying for the added value of my
will only work if we can get the [documents] very widely posted, including
on sites in the US and elsewhere outside the UK
there is a
chance that those who
post this stuff will get threatened under
the Official Secrets Act.
March 2003 I was summoned back to London from Tashkent specifically
for a meeting at which I was told to stop protesting. I was told specifically
that it was perfectly legal for us to obtain and to use intelligence
from the Uzbek torture chambers.
this meeting Sir Michael Wood, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's
legal adviser, wrote to confirm this position. This minute from Michael
Wood is perhaps the most important document that has become public
about extraordinary rendition. It is irrefutable evidence of the government's
use of torture material, and that I was attempting to stop it. It
is no wonder that the government is trying to suppress this.
and contrast the British government's public position on torture, with
the information they were recieving at the time from their own ambassador,
and the legal advice they were seeking.
A selection of British government spin and lies on the use of torture
in these 4 pages:
can listen to Jack Straw and Tony Blair deny what you read in these
hitherto 'secret' documents here.
you can do
are published in full here:
could publish, host and link to these documents on your own webspace,
then it will be harder for anybody to be prosecuted in the UK, and it
will ensure that they get maximum coverage.
Murray stood up for what many of us believe, and it cost him his job,
his health, and his professional reputation. The least we can do his
stand by him as he defies the UK government's attempts at censorship,
and possible prosecution.
Murray's own post on the subject can be found here: