• Al-Jazeera Threats "Censored"

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Wed Nov 23 23:59:08 2005
    Looks like Mr Bush talked about carrying out a terrorist attack
    against al-Jazeera, & now the evidence is being kept from public
    view as an "official secret".


    Al-Jazeera threat reports 'censored'
    From correspondents in London

    NEWSPAPERS reported today the British Government has threatened to
    prosecute them if they publish a leaked document alleging US President
    George W. Bush threatened to bomb al-Jazeera TV.

    The Daily Mirror said yesterday that Bush talked of bombing al-
    Jazeera's headquarters in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar when he
    hosted talks with Blair in Washington on April 16, 2004.

    The White House - which has accused al-Jazeera of being a mouthpiece
    of anti-US sentiments by airing statements from al-Qaeda leaders and
    footage of hostage beheadings in Iraq - dismissed the newspaper report
    as "outlandish."

    The Daily Mirror said today that Attorney General Peter Goldsmith
    warned the newspaper on yesterday that publication of any further
    details from the document would be a breach of the Official Secrets

    Goldsmith threatened an immediate High Court injunction unless the
    Mirror confirmed it would not publish further details. "We have
    essentially agreed to comply," the newspaper said.

    Both The Guardian and The Times published similar articles saying
    newspaper editors could be prosecuted if they revealed contents of
    the document.

    The secrets act makes it an offence to possess of government
    information, or a document from a civil servant, if that person
    discloses it without lawful authority.

    The Mirror said the memo turned up in the office of then British
    lawmaker Tony Clarke, a member of Blair's Labour Party, in May 2004.


    Full article at "The Advertiser" - Adelaide http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/ 0,5936,17344178%255E1702,00.html

    Cheers, Steve..

    * Origin: Xaragmata / Adelaide SA telnet://xaragmata.thebbs.org (3:800/432)