Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing


The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of Torture. So it is perhaps not suprising that they are determined that you should not see the following documents:

Craig Murray was the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, untill his complaints and protest at the use of intelligence gained by torture got too much for Jack Straw and the Foreign Office, who set about attempting to unsuccessfully smear him, and to successfully remove him from office.

The Foreign Office has had the draft of Craig's book for clearance for over 3 months now, and they are doing everything they can to try and prevent him from publishing his side of the story. Their latest attempt to cover their own backs was to inform him, the night before Christmas Eve, that these two documents cannot be published, and that he was to return or destroy all copies immediately.

What are these documents?
The first document is a series of Telegrams that Craig sent to the Foreign Office, outlining his growing concern and disgust at our use of intelligence passed to the UK by the Uzbek security services.

The second document is a copy of legal advice the Foreign Office sought, to see if they were operating within the Law in accepting torture intelligence, and according to Michael Wood the FCO legal adviser; it is fine, as long as it is not used as evidence.

Faced with this heavy handed censorship by the FCO, in an attempt to cover up our use of and complicity in torture, Craig has decided to fight back, and has asked us all to publish this information, so it cannot be suppressed.

I am in discussion with the FCO over what I am and am not allowed to publish in my book. The FCO is seeking to gut the book of all evidence of complicity with the Uzbek regime.

With Bliar cornered on extraordinary rendition, they are particularly anxious to suppress all evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence from Uzbek torture.

In particular, they have demanded I do not publish the attached documents, and that I hand over all copies of them.

The obvious answer to this is to post these documents as widely on the web as possible. This is also potentially very valuable in establishing that I am not attempting to make money from these documents - you don't have to buy my book to see them, they are freely available. If you buy the book, you are only paying for the added value of my thoughts.

This will only work if we can get the [documents] very widely posted, including on sites in the US and elsewhere outside the UK … there is a chance that those who … post this stuff will get threatened under the Official Secrets Act.

In March 2003 I was summoned back to London from Tashkent specifically for a meeting at which I was told to stop protesting. I was told specifically that it was perfectly legal for us to obtain and to use intelligence from the Uzbek torture chambers.

After this meeting Sir Michael Wood, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's legal adviser, wrote to confirm this position. This minute from Michael Wood is perhaps the most important document that has become public about extraordinary rendition. It is irrefutable evidence of the government's use of torture material, and that I was attempting to stop it. It is no wonder that the government is trying to suppress this.


Compare and Contrast the government's public position on Torture, with the information they were recieving at the time from their own Ambassador, and the legal advice they were seeking.
We have archived a selection of government spin and lies on the use of torture in these 4 pages:

and you can listen to Jack Straw and Tony Blair deny what you read in these hitherto 'secret' documents here.

What you can do:
We have published the documents in full here, and ask that anyone who can will do the same.

If you could publish, host and link to these documents on your own webspace, then it will be harder for anybody to be prosecuted here in the UK, and ensure that they get maximum coverage.

Craig Murray stood up for what many of us believe, and it cost him his Job, his health, and his professional reputation. The least we can do his stand by him as he defies the UK government's attempts at censorship, and possible prosecution.

Craig's own post on the subject can be found here:

Thanks for your help.

The JPEG is up at mine,

The JPEG is up at mine, thanks for emailing me the facts.

Opinionated Voice is

Opinionated Voice is suporting this. Keep up the good work and add me to the blogroll.

Thanks for notifying

Thanks for notifying me.
I've reposted the info on
Keep up the good work.

both documents now online at

both documents now online at Polizeros

Have posted the documents in

Have posted the documents in full. Thank you for alerting us to this.

They're up. Nice stuff.

They're up. Nice stuff. Hope to see you all in a cell somewhere soon.

I have it in HTML at

I have it in HTML at

I posted it on my diaries in the US at Daily Kos and Booman Tribune as well as Democratic Underground



and Here

and all docs zipped on a German server at

a proud member of

Thanks for that. I have

Thanks for that. I have posted an article on my site The Nether-World including the 2 documents. Lets see what happens (hopefully we won't go to jail).

Crooks and Liars just linked

Crooks and Liars just linked to Blair Watch.

Prepare for a deluge of hits!

Here's a result: I forwarded

Here's a result: I forwarded the Craig Murray link to Dailykos, and here it is in all its permalinked glory:

Also: You might like to

Also: You might like to inform these nice people:

I've posted the letters up

I've posted the letters up at my blog, along with a few links to posts on the subject.

Linking to this at

Linking to this at Phillybits

Thou Shall Not Suck is in. I

Thou Shall Not Suck is in. I may not be as big as some of the others, but every little bit counts, eh?

Although, I do have to note that the files are hosted on Ripway (can't wait to move to WordPress this weekend).

Hi, the docs are now up on

Hi, the docs are now up on the American mega site, good going. santa

I have just noticed that

I have just noticed that Craig Murray's website is suddenly unavailable after looking at it. Is this just a glitch or could the reprisals be happening already?

Is Murrays site down ?

Is Murrays site down ? Repeated error at his homelinks

Maybe just " sudden

Maybe just " sudden popularity " shut down , but in the meantime , it's maybe a good idea for everyone who can to save the docs to own drives too !Never know what can be flushed down the memory hole these days .
I saved the PDF's if it occurs that all these links get blocked and someone needs originals again.

I just spoke to them about

I just spoke to them about it, they don't know, but they are getting massive ammounts of traffic.
As the documents and the story are now so widely posted, it would seem pointless to try and shut down Craig's site, but they are vindictive bastards so who knows.

Have just checked, and the site has fallen off the internet completely, which looks slightly more ominous...

Either way, they are trying to get to the bottom of it and fix the problem.

I thought I was the only one

I thought I was the only one not able to access Murray's site.

However, as others have noted, it's not just having some lag, it's just plain gone.

Conspiracy theorists, start your engines ...


We at stand firmly

We at stand firmly with you. We've posted the link, and downloaded the memos to the harddrive.

The TRUTH must be known.

I salute you, Sir!


Posted on No Right Turn; New

Posted on No Right Turn; New Zealand should be far enough away to avoid UK law.

Your brave effort has been

Your brave effort has been re-posted at:


Disreputable Lazy Aliens

Disreputable Lazy Aliens agree this needs to remain visible.
It's up & down if you get me. And will go up again ad nauseam, should DLA get pulled for it.

War Against Conservativism

Yeah, i noticed Craig

Yeah, i noticed Craig Murray's website was 404 too, spooky!

So i've posted the lot on the frontpage of the Progressive Blog Alliance also.

Let us see then if we cannot in fact eff the ineffable ~ Douglas Adams RIP

This Old Brit [with a

This Old Brit [with a worldwide readership] has also done his bit by spreading this far & wide.

Murray's site just went back

Murray's site just went back up. I'll mirror it at Rummy's Diaries (which is an archive of information on human rights abuses, prisoner abuse, and torture committed by the Coalition of the Willing in the Global War on Terror).

I have an RSS Page that is

I have an RSS Page that is collecting blogs and articles with keywords related to this emerging story. The Independent has picked up on it as well as a large number of blogs. Check out this link if you would like to see it - I am culling from Googlenews UK, Yahoonews, and Technorati. It's quite fascinating as it's pulls in new data automatically on refresh if it's there. There may a slight delay sometimes as it scrapes the net for data related to Ambassador Craig Murray

Aaaand... it's back down

Aaaand... it's back down again.

Its down again. If they

Its down again.

If they can kill diana and cover it up, invade a country for oil while keeping a straight face, then shutting down a website is nothing!

Hi all, great work! I have

Hi all, great work! I have posted this at Loaded Mouth, here: Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing (including trackbacks). Hope this helps. :)

Cheers all! :)

I have it up on another US

I have it up on another US server here:

Keep up the good work!

finally posted, dudes--keep

finally posted, dudes--keep on fighting the good fight and THANK YOU.

A little late to the party,

A little late to the party, but these are now posted. Thanks for getting these out, here's hoping the AJ memo appears soon...

Agreed, linked the memos

Agreed, linked the memos over on my site The Era

Agreed, linked the memos

Agreed, linked the memos over on my site The Era

It's all up on this

It's all up on this Australian blog... Craig Murray rocks!!! Yo dude!!!

Posted here too. Member

Posted here too.

Member Caribdude posted your call over at The Agonist. Great work by everybody.

Not your Dad's Gutenberg

Not your Dad's Gutenberg Bible anymore. You wonder how many times information explosions have to happen before the bozos realize things have changed. I have it saved on my computer. Saved on my website's server. Linked. Trackbacked. And posted on my blog: Torture is a crime against humanity. When is the crime finally going to stop? How can it be that the supposedly civilized West started it again?

Letters from Craig now up at

Letters from Craig now up at also