Former British Ambassador Craig Murray: ‘We Need Whistleblowers Now More Than Ever’

By: Sunday August 19, 2012 11:50 am

Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a whistleblower, delivered a speech in support of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange just before Assange gave his speech from the balcony of the Ecuador embassy in London.

“We should not forget what this is about,” he began. “This is about the persecution of an individual who has made life much more simple and more productive for whistleblowers in the Information Age and in an age where, as Western governments become increasingly authoritarian and civil liberties are diminished, we need whistleblowers now more than ever to protect the rights of others.”


YouTube? Why Do Bahrain and Saudi Protest Videos Come With Warning Labels?

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 6:00 pm

Reviewing the news from Bahrain today, I came across a link to one that local activists are circulating as a prime example of what they are facing every day. That video is the one to the left – and while quite disturbing, it does not contain any footage that would merit the warning label slapped [...]

Is the UK Torture Inquiry an Attempt to Limit Further Disclosure?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 10:40 am

It seems the British government’s inquiry itself will not start until all pending civil and criminal complaints about torture are completed — and the government is helpfully offering to serve as mediator to speed their completion this year.

Torture by Any Other Name: UK Officials Let Fear, Politics Trump Morality

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 8:18 am

Yesterday, I posted on a Harvard study showing that the press, after an established tradition of referring to waterboarding as torture, stopped doing so once it became clear the US engaged in the practice. Our press, in other words, refused to tell what they had previously presented as “the truth” (that is, that waterboarding was unquestionably torture) when it became politically contentious to do so.

UK Foreign Office Secret Opinion: It’s OK to Gather Evidence Through Torture

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 4:59 pm

Once extremely top secret telegrams prove, according to former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, UK complicity in torture. I’d add they prove the same thing about the U.S. government. The most amazing new piece of evidence is a memo by UK Foreign Office Legal Adviser Michael Wood that it was perfectly okay for the government “to receive or possess information under torture.”

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