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Eveline Lubbers on Thu, 10 Oct 2002 14:09:02 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] gagging in the google-age

Voor wie het nog niet gezien heeft,
poging tot censuur van de Britse overheid,
verwordt tot gevecht tegen google-cache


British Press Gagged on Reporting MI6's 100,000 bin Laden Payoff 

On the evening of 7th October, Tony Blair ordered a D-Notice on British media reporting government
officials signing court gag orders. This regards the case of former MI5 officer David Shayler, who
has evidence to prove MI6 gave 100,000 to bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, arms to Iraq and had prior
knowledge of several terrorist attacks on London in the 1990's. The original articles stated that
top Labour MP's had signed gag orders, whereby upon mention of this evidence in court, media have 
immediately leave the trial. Newspapers all over the country, including the Guardian, the London
Evening Standard and the Scotsman either completely removed or amended their articles. This 
is damning. The British government is trying to bury the story before it buries them.


The original London Guardian report was entitled 'Ministers issue gag orders for MI5 trial' and was
located at http://www.guardian.co.uk/shayler/article/0,2763,806009,00.html - as you will see if you
click on the link, it's disappeared down the memory hole. The text I extracted from the report for
my original link to it is as follows...

"Ministers issue gag orders for MI5 trial: They appear to be worried that he will make further
allegations about MI5 and MI6 knowledge of a plot to assassinate the Libyan leader, Muammar Gadafy,
in 1996.  A book, Forbidden Truth, published this summer claims that British intelligence was in
contact with "Osama bin Laden's main allies" who were opposed to Colonel Gadafy."

UPDATE - A Google cache of the Guardian article has now been posted online. Note that Google 
automatically cache popular web documents, the Guardian have not officially re-posted their 
article. View it by clicking here.

The London Evening Standard article was entitled 'Calls for secret Shayler trial' and was at 
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/1488303 - again, it has now been removed. Luckily I
saved the text to a Word file and printed the article: UPDATE - After pressure, this article is now
back online! But for how long? Save it to your hard drive.


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