Entrance to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, the centre of the US Air Force’s presence in Britain. (Photo: Matt Kennard/DCUK)

US Air Force deployment in Britain is third largest in world

The US Air Force (USAF) has 9,730 personnel permanently deployed throughout Britain, an increase of 22% from six years ago.  Analysis by Declassified has found that Britain hosts the third highest level of USAF personnel of any country in the world, ahead of historic US military outposts like South Korea and Italy. These American airmen […]

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Fidel Castro smoking a cigar in 1963. (Photo: Duke University Rubenstein Library / Gado / Getty)

CIA discussed assassination of Fidel Castro with UK officials

Fidel Castro’s secret service chief once estimated that 634 attempts were made against the Cuban leader’s life.  From exploding cigars to poisoned pills, Washington’s campaign to assassinate Castro remains an infamous case of Cold War covert action. The presence of a revolutionary government in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, was intolerable […]

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Entrance to Northwood Headquarters in northwest London, the location of Nato’s Maritime Command. (Photo: Matt Kennard / DCUK)

Nato’s key role in the UK

As tensions grow between Nato and Russia over Ukraine, Declassified takes a look at the UK’s role in the organisation that Vladimir Putin has blamed for his illegal war. Some 574 foreign personnel from 29 countries are deployed with Nato across three sites in Britain. A quarter of them, or 150 personnel, are American with […]

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A B-52 Stratofortress arrives at RAF Fairford in 2018. (Photo: USAF / Ted Daigle)

‘Deceitful activities’: US expands its intelligence and military presence in UK

Upgrading US air bases in the UK would enable Washington to intercept international communications and launch military strikes from Britain more quickly and with more devastating effect. This is what is taking place at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, the US National Security Agency’s biggest surveillance facility outside America, the US bomber base at Fairford […]

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Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was funded by Le Cercle in 2019. (Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty)

Secret ‘CIA-funded’ group linked to UK ministers

The group, known as Le Cercle, was described by former Conservative minister Alan Clark in his diaries as “a right-wing think (or rather thought) tank, funded by the CIA, which churns Cold War concepts around”.  Le Cercle has existed since the 1950s but has no public presence, and has never revealed its funders. Even the […]

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Julian Assange (Photo: Carmen Valiño / Supplied)

Assange extradition case has cost British public over £300,000

New figures show Britain’s public prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), splashed £151,000 on barristers who failed to convince a judge in January that the US has the right to extradite the WikiLeaks publisher. The CPS acts on behalf of the US Department of Justice in transatlantic extradition cases. Another £22,000 of British public money […]

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Britain supported Pakistan as it helped the Taliban kill UK troops

Last week, British foreign secretary Dominic Raab made his first trip to Pakistan after the botched withdrawal of troops and civilians from neighbouring Afghanistan in August. Raab described Pakistan as a “vital partner” as he sought with his Pakistani counterpart to “prevent Afghanistan becoming a hub for terrorist groups.” Yet known to the British Foreign […]

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