UK gags paper over Aljazeera memo

Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper has been ordered to cease publishing further details from an allegedly top secret memo revealing that US President George Bush wanted to bomb Aljazeera.

According to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, it is the first time that the Blair government has threatened to prosecute a newspaper for publishing the contents of leaked government documents.

Bush and Blair need to get their stories straight. Blair is threatening prison to anyone who prints the memo while the Bushies say, in effect, that the memo doesn’t exist.

Aljazeera statement

Before making any conclusions Aljazeera needs to be absolutely sure regarding the authenticity of the memo and would hope for a confirmation from Downing Street as soon as possible.

If the report is correct then this would be both shocking and worrisome not only to Aljazeera but to media organisations across the world. 

Tag: Al-jazeera Qatar

  • Yeah, you gotta figure that that transcript is pretty damning. Interestingly, another blog, can’t remember whose, sent a message out to the British to send the memo here. No official secrets act here, so, although they’re already prosecuting the leakers, it could be published in the US without risk of prosecution. The trick would be transmitting it without getting caught.

    I’ll bet we’ll see this thing before too long.


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