The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or
tolerate the practice of Torture. So it is perhaps not suprising
that they are determined that you should not see the following
Craig Murray was the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, untill 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.
The Foreign Office has had the draft of Craig'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.
What are these documents?
The first document is a series of Telegrams that Craig sent to
the Foreign Office, outlining his growing concern and disgust
at our use of intelligence passed to the UK by the Uzbek
The second 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.
Faced with this heavy handed censorship by the FCO, in an attempt
to cover up our use of and complicity in torture, Craig has
decided to fight back, and has asked us all to publish this
information, so it cannot be suppressed.
I 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.
In particular, they have demanded I do not publish the attached
documents, and that I hand over all copies of them.
The 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 thoughts.
This 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.
In 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
After 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.
Compare and Contrast the government's public position on
Torture, with the information they were recieving at the
time from their own Ambassador, and the legal advice they
We have archived a selection of government spin and lies on
the use of torture in these 4 pages:
and you can listen to Jack Straw and Tony Blair deny what
you read in these hitherto 'secret' documents here.
What you can do:
We have published the documents in full here, and ask that
anyone who can will do the same.
If you could publish, host and link to these documents on
your own webspace, then it will be harder for anybody to be
prosecuted here in the UK, and ensure that they get maximum
Craig 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.
Craig's own post on the subject can be found here:
Thanks for your help.