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Tinfoil hat time

February 26, 2004

Happily, it looks like the case against Katherine Gun, the GCHQ whistleblower has been dropped shortly after her defence demanded that the government disclose Lord Goldsmith's advice on the legality of the Iraq war. Excellent. But why not publish the advice?

In the run-up to the war, Tony Blair repeatedly pledged not to take Britain to war in breach of international law and repeatedly claimed that Lord Goldsmith's advice was that the war would be legal. However, he has since repeatedly refused to publish that advice. It seems to me that if Blair has been telling the truth about these things then he can only benefit from the publication of Lord Goldsmith's advice. As some of his ministers are so fond of telling the public in relation to compulsory ID cards: you've nothing to worry about unless you've got something to hide ...

But that's not the point I wanted to make. I wanted to draw attention to an interesting detail from a statement she made at a recent press conference (my emphasis below):

"The intelligence services do important and necessary work, but listen to your conscience is what I would advise. I know it's very difficult and people don't want to jeopardise their careers or lives, but if there are things out there that should really come out, hey, why not."

People blowing the whistle on our intelligence services are jeopardising their lives? Did she really mean that? Who knows, but I'll just wrap this post up with the following two open letters sent by several doctors questioning the verdict of suicide on the death of Doctor David Kelly ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1131833,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4856799-103683,00.html

Posted by Jonah at February 26, 2004 10:50 AM