28 June 2006

MI6 admit those spy lists are accurate

Richard Tomlinson's blog is now back online after he felt it necessary to restrict access to it due to pressure from the British authorities. It appears MI6 are still hounding Richard, and attempting to frame him for the publication of those alleged lists of MI6 Officers that was published some time ago. Details can be found on Richards blog here.

It seems unbelievable that MI6 are now admitting that these lists, previously thought unreliable or possibly a plant to compromise Richard, are in fact an accurate list of their officers. What other service in the world would be so stupid or incompetent to shop a load of their own officers, simply to make a case against a single officer they had sacked. We do not so much need protecting against the efforts of hostile intelligence services it would seem, when our own MI6 can do the damage perfectly well itself.

The lists that MI6 now admit to being accurate are the John Jo list, the Todor Velichkov list and the Alan Bond list.

No doubt, the staff of the SVR and other intelligence services must be roaring with laughter at such a ridiculous move by MI6. This story is likely to run and run.

14 June 2006

Prosecution case summary for trial

The Prosecution's Case Summary, which set out their arguments that they would use for my trial, has recently been published on the Web.

Copies of the Case Summary can be seen on the Cryptome and the JAR2 websites. I would be happy to answer any questions concerning this document.

MI6 bombings in Saudi Arabia & state immunity

It was announced today (e.g. the BBC website) that the Law Lords have ruled three Britons - Sandy Mitchell, Les Walker, and Ron Jones - and Canadian Bill Sampson, cannot sue Saudi Arabian officials who they say tortured them. The case of alleged torture followed the jailing of the four men, after they had been accused of taking part in a bombing campaign in Saudi Arabia six years ago.

The key argument made is that Saudi officials are protected by state immunity, under the 1978 State Immunity Act. This decision would appear to protect the rights of torturers rather than those of the tortured, and at first it seems a strange stand for the British to take. However, this matter is not as straightforward as it is portrayed, and there may be other reasons why the British government wants to end any discussion about what happened to the 4 men in Saudi Arabia.

According to Gordon Logan, the real organisation behind the Saudi bombings was none other than MI6, and it was a bungled and wrong-minded operation from the beginning. You can read Mr. Logan's claims on the Cryptome website here.

It appears that the previous head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, has a lot to answer for in planning this Saudi bombing adventure - a real Boy's Own fiasco by all accounts. The mess created by the MI6 operation caused Tony Blair to sack Dearlove just before the prisoners returned to London in 2003. The fallout from the bad publicity could have cost Blair his job as well, but the press in Britain is already well gagged.