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Protest to Target Washington Post Under-Reporting of Downing Street Papers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 27, 2005
WHAT: PICKET LINE AND DEMONSTRATION
WHEN: 5:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
WHERE: 1150 15TH ST., NW, WASHINGTON, DC
Members of a growing list of organizations concerned about the continued failure by the Washington Post, in particular, and much of the mainstream media, in general, to adequately cover the eight "Downing Street Papers", will conduct a peaceful protest in front of the Washington, D. C. offices of the Washington Post from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 29.
The demonstration has already been endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America, Code Pink, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Northern Virginians United for Peace and Justice, with more groups signing on every day. Members of the DC Anti-War Network (DAWN), Gold Star Families for Peace, and other organizations will also participate in the demonstration.
The eight documents in question are the private briefing papers, letters and minutes of meetings of the top-level of the British Government, including Prime Minister Tony Blair and Britain’s foreign secretary, head of intelligence and ambassador to the U.S., among others, in March, 2002, and July, 2002. Their authenticity is not in question—the British Foreign Office has confirmed they are all genuine. Their reliability is also not in question, as they are the private beliefs and statements of the named individuals at the highest level of America’s closest ally.
The story they reveal is shocking, far from the “old news