2010-2019

UK reverses position on Guantanamo despite harmful impact on national security

22 June 2018 An internal government memo dated 22 June 2018, leaked to The Daily Telegraph and marked ‘Official Sensitive,’ noted that UK ministers would not oppose the US government sending two British terror suspects, Alexanda Kotey and Shafee El-Sheikh, to Guantanamo,  although at the same time acknowledging that ‘GTMO is seen by many as acting as…

2000-2009 | United States

Worries about the wrong sort of spin over Guantanamo

16 January 2002 Writing in his diary on 16 January 2002, Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s Director of Communications, expressed apprehension over the potential political fallout from a recent statement by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Campbell noted that Rumsfeld had admitted ‘he couldn’t care less about the conditions of al-Qaeda/Taliban people in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay).’…