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U.K. charges official with leaking Blair memo


U.K. charges official with leaking Blair memo
Document allegedly says PM dissuaded Bush push for attack on Al-Jazeera

NBC News and news services
Updated: 2:37 p.m. ET Nov. 22, 2005

LONDON - A civil servant has been charged under Britain’s Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that a newspaper said Tuesday suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded President Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera.

The Daily Mirror reported that Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met Blair at the White House on April 16, 2004. The Bush administration has regularly accused Al-Jazeera of being nothing more than a mouthpiece for anti-American sentiments.

The Daily Mirror attributed its information to unidentified sources. One source, said to be in the government, was quoted as saying that the alleged threat was “humorous, not serious,

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... lend credibilty to the story which is also being reported by the BBC, ABC News and The Guardian. It seems unlikely that such serious charges would be brought unless the leaked memo at the heart of the story had some genuine official status. Another DSM leak?

In addition to raising more serious questions about Bush's sanity, this also makes one reconsider all those previous reports of U.S. forces targeting reporters in Iraq.

But the insanity doesn't stop there. The "cabal" is becoming desparate almost beyond belief to put an end to their current troubles over the Iraq fiasco. That is a major factor in their continued sabre rattling against Iran and Syria as potential targets for expanding their so-called "war on terror". The following excerpt is from a Times (UK) report:

A Million Martyrs Await the Call

In No10 [Downing Street] the tom-toms of war of war are drumming again as Tony Blair warns that he will not tolerate the meddling hand of Iran in the affairs of Iraq. In Washington the neoconservative tom-toms are even louder, warning that the West must “surgically strike

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