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“Bush Is A Madman” Memo Leakers Found Guilty

From those defenders of the realm at the BBC:

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David Keogh

Pair are guilty of Bush memo leak

A civil servant and an MP’s researcher have been found guilty of leaking a secret memo about talks between George Bush and Tony Blair.

David Keogh, 50, from Northampton, has been found guilty of two offences under the Official Secrets Act.

MP’s researcher Leo O’Connor was found guilty of one Official Secrets offence.

It recorded Oval Office talks between Mr Bush and Mr Blair about Iraq in 2004, the Old Bailey was told. Sentencing was adjourned for reports.

It was claimed in court that publication of the memo could have cost British lives.

Few details of the “highly sensitive” memo, which is known to have included discussions about military tactics, have been made public…

The trial heard that Keogh gave the memo to political researcher O’Connor, also from Northampton, at a dining club in the town.

It was passed to Northampton South MP Anthony Clarke, who called the police.

Keogh’s barrister, Rex Tedd QC, said his client had wanted to seek to reveal the truth of what was happening in Iraq while others were trying to conceal that truth…

O’Connor, who worked for anti-war Labour MP Mr Clarke, said he had been approached by Keogh and told about “some quite embarrassing, outlandish statements” in the four-page document.

But he told the jury that he took the claims with a “pinch of salt” and he never intended to send copies of the document to newspapers or MPs.

Note that the BBC cannot bring itself to note that this is the memo that was hyped for so many years as containing the phrase “Bush is a madman.”

But it turns out that even the guy who leaked it didn’t think it was trustworthy. But never mind those pesky details.

It’s achieved the status of history now.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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