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Counter Terrorism

Asked if the Prime Minister was satisfied that the Home Office did not leak sensitive details of the Birmingham terror raids, the PMOS replied that John Reid had made this absolutely clear. His words spoke for themselves. Asked that if this was not the case, then where did the leaks come from, the PMOS replied that he had long since given up speculating as to who planted such stories. Asked if he believed that the police had leaked the stories, the PMOS again replied that he had long since given up speculating.

Put to him that there had been inquiries in the past into leaks about much less important matters than counter terrorism, the PMOS replied that he suspected the main priority at the moment was to complete an investigation into very serious allegations. He did not want to say anything that would in any way jeopardise that. He would simply point to the fact that the Home Secretary and the Attorney General, on the day of the raids, issued a joint statement appealing for people not to speculate in case it had an impact on the investigation and any subsequent legal proceedings.

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  1. "His words spoke for themselves."

    Why am I not reassured? Sadly, the words of a politican, despite the epithet "Right Honourable" are as meaningless as the Prime Minister’s assertions that it was "palpably absurd" Iraq did not have WMD. In fact, whenever a politician opens his mouth I am convinced of one thing and one thing only – he is speaking, therefore he is lying.

    "issued a joint statement appealing for people not to speculate in case it had an impact on the investigation and any subsequent legal proceedings."

    Of course, these rules do not apply to the government, who can quite happily come out in public and point the finger at all and sundry before any investigation has even been carried out. Witness their fingerpointing at Iran. And Iraq before that. But those things don’t count. You don’t NEED a legal basis to go to war, you just need some half-baked assertions, right?!

    Comment by SmokeNMirrors — 18 Feb 2007 on 5:44 pm | Link

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