Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Offical Secrets Trial Judge rules that al-Jazeera memo should be kept secret

The Guardian (19th) reports the decision of the Old Bailey Judge to keep the contents of the memo secret in the trial of O'Connor and Keogh under the Official Secrets Act.

"Any discussion of an already partially leaked document - in which Mr Bush purportedly said in April 2004 that he wanted to bomb the Arabic satellite TV station al-Jazeera, and Mr Blair expressed concern about US military tactics in the Iraqi city of Falluja - must be heard behind closed doors, Mr Justice Aikens ruled.....A number of newspapers are planning to challenge yesterday's ruling."

The Guardian - Secrecy ruling by judge on Blair-Bush talk

My posting last week highlighted the attempts I've made to request the memo under both UK and US FOIAs.

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