BBC Fights to Prevent Victory
I saw the headline and thought "what on earth.......?' The poor old BBC, desperately trying to catch up with The Times' 'real' story of genuine back room poker games between Thatcher and Mitterand, dredges up a story which surfaces and sank a year and a half ago. The real story within the non story is the prosecution of the smart arse leakers. If only the Americans could learn from this and clean out the disgracefully partisan political elements from within the CIA and State Department.
According to The Mirror, the transcript is the document which allegedly turned up in the constituency office of former Labour MP Tony Clarke in May 2004. Mr Clarke - who voted against the Iraq War and lost his Northampton South seat in this May's election - said he returned the document to the government because of fears British troops' lives could be put at risk if it became public. Cabinet Office civil servant David Keogh has been charged under the Official Secrets Act of passing it to Mr Clarke's former researcher Leo O'Connor. Both men are bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court next week.
Meanwhile, Iraq makes steady and positive progress, in spite of the BBC, Al Jazeera, Democrats, Greens and the cluster of jellybacked Bush haters resident in New Zealand.