Thursday, November 24, 2005

Newspapers gagged over Bush blunder

Bush the turkeyBlair didn't use the Official Secrets Act when advice on the legality of the war in Iraq was leaked. But when the minutes of an embarrassingly frank phone-call with Bush are published, he swings into action:

THE Attorney-General was accused last night of using the Official Secrets Act '“big stick'” to gag newspapers in an attempt to save President Bush from further embarrassment over Iraq.

Lord Goldsmith threatened newspapers on Tuesday with prosecution under the Act if they published details from a record of a conversation between Mr Bush and Tony Blair from April last year, when the President is alleged to have suggested bombing al-Jazeera, the Arabic television network.

Sounds oddly familiar. Oh yes, like when David Shayler was pursued through the courts and jailed for revealing that MI6 was planning to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi.

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