Four British ministries refuse to say if they’ve discussed Assange with U.S.

Four of Britain’s most powerful government ministries are refusing to say if their officials have met with US authorities to discuss the case of Julian Assange.  The Home Office, Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, and Ministry of Justice all recently failed to tell parliament about any potential contact with their US counterparts on the issue of […]

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The secretive US embassy-backed group cultivating the British left

Three senior Labour politicians have recently joined a secretive lobby group which was set up in coordination with the US embassy in London to cultivate the British left, it can be revealed. Four senior members of Boris Johnson’s administration were also made fellows this year while working inside the UK government.  The British-American Project (BAP) […]

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Britain’s secret role in the brutal US war in Vietnam

During its war in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s the US dropped more bombs than in the whole of World War Two, in a conflict that killed over two million people. The wholesale destruction of villages and killing of innocent people was a permanent feature of the US war from the beginning, along with […]

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‘Bang – just like that’: How Thatcher backed Bush in Panama

Shortly before 7:00am on 20 December 1989, Margaret Thatcher received a call from US President George H.W. Bush. Bush informed the UK prime minister that Washington had just launched an invasion of Panama, declaring that there had been “no alternative but to intervene”. After decades on the CIA’s payroll, Panama’s military leader Manuel Antonio Noriega […]

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The brutal reality of the US-UK ‘special relationship’

The abject submission of British authorities to the Master in Washington in the case of journalist Julian Assange is painful to observe but – unfortunately – not difficult to understand. The roots go back to the Second World War, when Britain handed the mantle of world domination over to its former colony. The US had […]

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Britain ‘immediately’ supported U.S. over shooting down of Iranian airliner

The attack occurred during the Iran-Iraq war, which had begun in 1980 with Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran. The US government backed Saddam, and sent warships to the Persian Gulf to support the Iraqi war effort.  One of those warships was the USS Vincennes which, on 3 July 1988, fired two missiles at Iran Air […]

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Priti Patel (R) meets Alejandro Mayorkas, US Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington DC, 17 November 2021. (Photo: Priti Patel / Twitter)

Priti Patel was part of CIA-linked lobby group with husband of Assange judge

Priti Patel sat on the Henry Jackson Society’s (HJS) advisory council from around 2013-16, although the exact dates are unclear as neither the HJS nor Patel responded to Declassified’s requests for clarification.  She has also received funds from the HJS, and was paid £2,500 by the group to visit Washington in March 2013 to attend […]

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US President Ronald Reagan makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, 9 June 1982. During this visit, Reagan outlined his vision for the National Endowment for Democracy. (Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

‘CIA sidekick’ gives £2.6m to UK media groups

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit corporation funded by the US Congress, has ploughed over £2.6m into seven British independent media groups over the past five years.  The NED was “created…to do in the open what the Central Intelligence Agency has done surreptitiously for decades”, the New York Times reported in 1997. That […]

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Australian naval commanders and assistant defence minister Andrew Hastie welcome a UK nuclear-powered submarine to Perth. (Photo: RAN / Richard Cordell)

Partners in crimes? The UK/Australia special relationship

Australia’s independence from Britain has been contested ground since the nation’s birth in 1901 – the first real test being Australia’s decision to send troops to Europe for Britain’s war with Germany in 1914.  Two bitterly fought referenda to allow military conscription were narrowly defeated – Australia’s contribution to the Great War was to remain […]

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How the UK press supports the British military and intelligence establishment

The UK press, from The Times to The Guardian, is also routinely helping to demonise states identified by the British government as enemies, while tending to whitewash those seen as allies.  The research, which analyses the UK national print media, suggests that the public is being bombarded by views and selective information supporting the priorities […]

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