12 December 2014

Weasel words

Were the UK security services complicit in the CIA's alleged torture activities?  No 10 comes out with a load of absolute flannel:
References to Britain’s intelligence agencies were deleted at their request from the damning US report on the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11, it has emerged.
... on Thursday, the prime minister’s deputy official spokesman said: “My understanding is that no redactions were sought to remove any suggestion that there was UK involvement in any alleged torture or rendition. But I think there was a conversation with the agencies and their US counterparts on the executive summary. Any redactions sought there would have been on national security grounds in the way we might have done with any other report.”
"National security grounds"?  National embarrassment grounds, more like.


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