Charles Powell holds an umbrella for Margaret Thatcher on a foreign engagement. (Photo: Bill Rowntree / Mirrorpix / Getty)

Golden Temple massacre: Probe into SAS role marred by nepotism

Hundreds if not thousands of people were killed when Indian troops stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. Thirty years later, I uncovered evidence the Thatcher administration had sent an SAS officer to advise Indian forces on the operation at the Sikh faith’s holiest site. My revelation in 2014 caused outcry and forced the […]

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India’s last Viceroy and the £450,000 battle to read his diaries

Andrew Lownie, a historian and author, fought for five years to gain access to the diaries and correspondence of Lord and Lady Mountbatten.  Lownie first asked to see the material in 2017 and eventually won permission to examine around 99.8% of it, released over the course of several years following litigation and appeals to the […]

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COP 26 president Alok Sharma MP opens the climate summit in Glasgow (Photo: UN)

Britain courts fossil fuel lobbying governments to increase oil and gas production

Last month, Greenpeace’s investigations unit Unearthed obtained a document leak showing that Saudi Arabia and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Norway and India, have attempted to neutralise a scientific assessment report being prepared by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These countries have attempted to remove […]

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Why I took the police to court over a 48-year-old secret document

Declassified UK’s chief reporter enters the Kafkaesque world of official secrecy as he tries to uncover the British state’s involvement in a notorious terrorist bombing for which no one has been held to account.

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Revealed: British officials with conflict of interest helped investigate SAS role in Golden Temple massacre

David Cameron’s review of Britain’s role in Operation Blue Star – which saw Indian troops storm a Sikh temple – allowed ‘one or more’ staff with a conflict of interest to influence what documents investigators could access.

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