Escaping Prosecution – Official Secrets Act
2nd May, 2007
IN THE DOCK – KILFOYLE WAS HERE
(Oh no he wasn’t)
No wonder Mr Blair now says he’s looking forward to leaving Downing Street. With ‘friends’ and ‘allies’ like Peter Kilfoyle, who want him to be impeached for war crimes, why should the PM waste any more of his life trying to persuade the brethren that HE is on OUR side and his actions and/or decisions are often complex. It’s realpolitik, distasteful as that can be at times.
Kilfoyle seems disappointed that he isn’t required to stand up in court and do his best to damn our Prime Minister and the American President to hell, with no way back!
Oh what this martyr to the cause would willingly submit to: two years in prison – if only he ended up in the cell next to Blair.
The man obviously feels he has a purpose in life – presumably to let us all see the unspeakable and unforgivable evil of our democratic leaders. He should ponder on this.
- Only in a free country like ours and the USA is he still permitted to spout his thoughts and opinions after this episode of leaking official secrets. His actions – trying to interfere with democratically elected governments by releasing classified top-secret information – would be considered treason and a hanging offence in many lands.
- Mr Blair, who Kilfoyle would happily impeach, comes out of this meeting (as far as we know) with credit, having dissuaded the President from his Al-Jazeera attack plan.
- The Official Secrets Act is there for a purpose: to protect us all, not just government, and to ensure that our leaders can have confidential discussions on ALL possibilities before them in times of war and conflict.
- The first casualty of war is truth, Mr Kilfoyle. Grown-ups know this. You should accept it.
And it seems, oddly, that Kilfoyle did not even READ the memo!
Why not? Did he accept that it was all bound to be so rotten he couldn’t pollute his eyes with it? US Democrats, to whom Kilfoyle leaked the unread 4-page memo, decided not to use the information, because, it seems, they thought it would work in FAVOUR of the American president. At that time, if not necessarily now, the American people were behind their president. If their reaction might have been to better support their President, they also understood the reponsibilities of government far better than does Kilfoyle.
Realpolitik, Mr Kilfoyle?
“EXCLUSIVE” ARTICLE FOLLOWS
Kilfoyle avoids court over Bush Iraq leak
May 2 2007
EXCLUSIVE by Rob Merrick, Liverpool Daily Post Correspondent
LIVERPOOL MP Peter Kilfoyle will escape prosecution despite admitting passing on secret details of George Bush’s alleged threat to bomb the Al-Jazeera TV station.
The Labour left-winger was questioned under caution for three hours last year by Scotland Yard detectives investigating a possible breach of the Official Secrets Act.
It followed the leak of what was said to be a summary of President Bush’s meeting with Tony Blair in April 2004, at which the Prime Minister apparently argued against missile strikes on Al-Jazeera’s Qatar headquarters.
The two leaders also discussed the American assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, in which up to 1,000 civilians are feared to have died. Pictures were shown on al-Jazeera, infuriating US generals.
Mr Kilfoyle did not see the four-page memo himself, but admitted passing on the information it contained to John Latham, a leading Democrat in California.
The police inquiry threatened the Walton MP with a possible two-year prison term, the maximum sentence for breaching the relevant section of the 1989 Act.
However, the Metropolitan Police’s special prosecution unit has now told Mr Kilfoyle that no further action will be taken “due to insufficient evidence”.
In the letter, DC Jasper Bartlett said: “I am writing to you regarding the police investigation into the leak of a classified government document, for which you were interviewed under caution.
“The Crown Prosecution Service has advised me that no further action shall be taken with regards to this investigation due to insufficient evidence.”
Last night the MP told the Daily Post: “I think the case has been dropped for political reasons, because they did not want me to discuss the memo in open court.
“They knew that’s what I would do, even if it breached the Official Secrets Act, because I wanted to ensure the information got out. Thousands of people died at Falluja, which must be considered a war crime, and there has been a cover-up of what happened there.”
Section five of the Official Secrets Act forbids a person from revealing any information “disclosed to them by a Crown servant without lawful authority”.
Asked last year if he believed he was guilty of breaching the Act, Mr Kilfoyle replied: “I think the public will be the best judge of that.”
The MP had hoped to influence the 2004 US election, but the memo was not revealed in the US because Democrats feared the revelation would be a vote-winner for President Bush.
Mr Kilfoyle has become one of the fiercest critics of the Iraq invasion, supporting moves to impeach the Prime Minister for allegedly deceiving MPs and the public.
He has also sponsored two motions in the House of Commons calling on Mr Blair to publish the memo, to show “just what George Bush stands for”.