Tariq Ali and Davide Simonetti on Democracy Now - Two for the price of one ;)
We have been trying to make sense of what has come out of the trial of David Keogh, and Leo O'Connor, sentenced yesterday for 3 and 6 months respectively for the leaking of the al-Jazeera Memo. Obviously, 'events'* have rather taken over the story. Some of what we know has been confirmed by the trial, but some things we thought we knew have become less clear.
What we do know for certain is that two men are tonight in prison, after a trial held largely in secret after being mercilessly pursued by a government in a futile attempt to protect what is left of the reputations of George Bush and Tony Blair. Not only are we prevented from learning about what was disclosed in camera, but even comments made in open court, and information already in the public domain are the subject of a gagging order.
All on the basis of the principles outlined by, the prime minister's foreign policy adviser Sir Nigel Sheinwald.
Davide Simonetti went down to record a brief piece for today's Democracy Now on the subject [29 minutes into the show], and we hope to round up what we do know, what we think we know, and what we don't know tomorrow.
*on the subject of 'events', and to further tempt you into watching today's Democracy Now - If you enjoyed Tariq Ali in today's Guardian, you can also see him in full swing if you start the same episode of Democracy Now 16 minutes into the show. Tariq is followed by the Sex Pistols, and then Davide...