2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Iraq | MI6 crimes

Highly misleading intelligence dossier on the danger from Iraqi WMD

24 September 2002 At 8 am on 24 September 2002, only thirty minutes prior to the deadline for the headline in the Evening Standard‘s first edition, Charles Reiss, the paper’s political editor, was allowed to see the government’s intelligence dossier on Iraq’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). After reading about Iraq’s ‘strategic missile systems’ and its…

1960-1969 | Assassinations | Backing terror operations | Congo | MI6 crimes

MI6 probably involved in assassinating the UN General Secretary

18 September 1961 Mounting evidence suggests the involvement of British intelligence services in the assassination of UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, on 18 September 1961. He was killed along with 15 others, when his DC-6 aircraft, which had taken off from Leopoldville, the capital of Belgian Congo, was downed shortly after midnight on its approach…

1950-1959 | Instigating coups | Iran | MI6 crimes

MI6 overthrow Mossadegh – the popular moderate prime minister of Iran

19 August 1953 On 19 August 1953, British intelligence, helped by the CIA, staged a coup to oust Muhammad Mossadegh, the moderate nationalist prime minister of Iran, who had been a firm believer in liberal values, democracy and the rule of law. London’s angst was over Mossadegh’s determination that Iran should be able to run…

2000-2009 | Iraq | MI6 crimes

MI6 Head explains the need to deceive the public over Iraq’s WMD

23 July 2002 On returning from Washington on 23 July 2002, the head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, was summoned by Tony Blair to join a hastily arranged meeting in the Prime Minister’s office. Also present were Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon,  Attorney General Peter Goldsmith, Cabinet Secretary Richard Wilson, Chief of…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Libya | MI6 crimes | Renditions

MI6 ARRANGE THE RENDITION OF A LIBYAN DISSIDENT AND HIS WIFE TO LIBYA

7 March 2004 Abdel Hakim Belhaj was a Libyan dissident belonging to an organisation, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which though banned in Libya was not considered to be a terrorist organization by the British. He had fled Libya to China where he hoped to to be beyond the reach of Gadaffi’s security forces.  However…

1960-1969 | Backing terror operations | MI6 crimes | Yemen

Our man in Aden authorises terror for terror policy

21 January 1964 On 21 January 1964, Robin Young, a British political officer in the newly created Federation of South Arabia, noted in his diary  the latest rules of engagement for covert terror operations inside neighbouring North Yemen, as laid down by Sir Kennedy Trevaskis, the British High Commissioner. London was determined that Egyptian forces,…

1960-1969 | Assassinations | Congo | MI6 crimes

MI6 Arranges the assassination of Congo’s first prime minister

17 January 1961 On 17 January 1961, Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister, was abducted, tortured and then shot dead in a coup masterminded by MI6.  To prevent any possible autopsy, Belgian mercenaries, who had been involved in his death, dug up and dismembered his body from where it had been hastily buried,…

1960-1969 | Assassinations | Congo | MI6 crimes

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Douglas-Home considers the ‘crocodile option’ for Congo’s ousted prime minister [ 19 September 1960 ] In May 1960, Patrice Lumumba was elected prime minister of the Congo. He was a troublesome believer in independent economic development, who thought Congolese nationals rather than foreigners should be allowed to run the important offices of government and that…