Paul Staines Grandstands for Blair and Murdoch

by craig on November 28, 2011 12:32 pm in Uncategorized

The neo-con Blair and Cameron regimes are very comfortable with each other. War criminal Alistair Campbell’s “evidence” to the Leveson inquiry is risible.

“Only a few people in number 10 knew Cherie was pregnant, so it must have been phone hacking that led the Mirror to it” is a statement that would not stand ten seconds thought, if it were not ramped by being given the status of a leak.

Campbell’s statement ignores the range of explanations as to how the Mirror could have learned from the “small number of people in No. 10” that Cherie was pregnant. These include:

a) gossip
b) No 10’s motive to get the news out to boost Tony’s popularity
c) the hospital
d) phone hacking

Phone hacking is the least possible explanation. My money is on b)

No, this is a rather pathetic attempt by the Blair camp to divert attention from Murdoch onto Piers Morgan, who the war criminals have never forgiven for his opposition to the War in Iraq. It is so blatant a ploy that it needs an extra boost to the story as a daring “leak” by the Tory neo-con PR man Paul Staines, to be a succesful diversionary tactic.

Blairites and Tories get together to manufacture an incident to take the heat off Murdoch at Leveson Inquiry. That is the real story.

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  1. Dee Wilde-Walker

    28 Nov, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Thank you for such clarity of thinking – you are a breath of fresh air in a smog-ridden environment

  2. Poor child.
    See the accompanying gushing stuff on the BBC page. Campbell is quoted several times.
    Just in time for the General Election June 2001.
    2001 (MPs) 7 June 2001 Tony Blair/Labour Maj 167

  3. Normally I would reject such conspiracy theorising. Here it looks spot on the money.

  4. Wildey – there are few blogs as clear and relevant to what is happening in Britain today.

    Craig – long may you continue!

  5. In the small villages in which I have lived, any pregnancy was widely known before the test strip had changed colour.
    “The Westminster Village”…I rest my case.

  6. Yes, yet again Craig Murray has figured it all out. Campbell and I are in cahoots to protect our respective paymasters.

  7. Ghastly Angus

    28 Nov, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Here’s a test:
    Did Campbell say it?
    No –> It might be true
    Yes–> It’s a lie

    He lives up to his family’s name and reputation, unlike Cameron of whom all true Scots are ashamed.

  8. Craig: Tom Watson (Labour MP) posted it before Paul Staines. So the “Leak” is from the most anti-Murdoch man in the House….

  9. Altho I dont much like Piers Morgan (understatment) I would never ever let that blind me to the fact that the Mirror was incredibly outspoken and rightly so against Blair’s vile endeavours re IRAK. The Mirror coverage was totally unforgettable. Alistair Campbell fronts a mental health charity nowadays what a disgusting figuerhead – his vile lying warmongering endeavours have demented enough folk – period!

  10. I always thought the Morgan/Mirror opposition to the Iraq war was an establishment ploy to make it look that “democracy” and dissent were alive in broad church Britian.It was merely PR to promote the notion of a balanced press,illusory thought that is.

  11. At least Guido Fawkes is smart enough to read your blog. I can rarely make much sense of most of the stuff written on his, but some of the jokes are quite funny.


  12. Rated

    Guido published with no hat tip or acknowledgement to Watson, as a Guido scoop. AFTER Guido had his collar felt, he started squealing Watson had it first.

  13. Has everyone forgotten that Cherie recorded in her memoirs that New Tony’s sainted sprog, Leo, had been conceived at Sandringham, and how this had happened? Her claim to a right of privacy evaporated at that point, IMO.

  14. It seems feasible to me Guido (Staines) Fawkes. After all those slime-bags, Blair, Campbell &c are much closer to your camp than the decent commentators on this blog, which, incidentally, gets most things correct. Anyway I thought your paymaster died earlier this year?

  15. 2 days after posting on the David Mitchell Guardian thread about political lobbying i get bloody moderated! A reasonable comment,simply pointing a link to this site and Craig’s piece on Fox/Werrity. No swearing or ranting.A perfectly reasonable comment.The bastards really are rattled but,also,pathetically small minded.Interestingly it was one of the mos5t recommended comments until it was hooked.

    They don’t like it up ’em.

  16. Wrong Craig, factually wrong.

  17. Paul

    What do you make of my analysis of Campbell’s tale of woe. Just because you published it doesn’t mean you buy into it?

  18. Hi Guido..

    Welcome to a real blog,with real scoops and opinion.Unlike the rabid,racist,schoolboy sniggering dick joke obsessed site of yours.

  19. Alistair Campell himself is the most likely source of the Cherie pregnancy story.It’s excatly how this odious little shit operates.

  20. Guido was played like a violin

  21. Mary, the photo could have made page three if she had been snapped breast feeding the nipper?
    The grinning Blair wondering who was responsible for this mega PR stunt, much more than the hidden hand of Alistair C pulling the strings behind the scenes ?

  22. And claiming it to be an exclusive when you’d filched it Guido . . . have you no shame?

  23. Right, Guido, factually right. Your post at 12.08 pm states:
    “Guido has obtained the text of Alastair Campbell’s evidence due to be delivered to the Leveson Inquiry this coming Wednesday”

    It does not make any mention of Tom Watson. Eight hours later you blogged that Warson had published it.

    I was concerned with the argument by Rated above, that this could not be pro-Murdoch because Watson not Guido was the original source. If you are saying you did publish before Watson, fair enough, but then Rated’s difficulty with my argument falls.

  24. OT, sorry…Jives, just posted this on the same Guardian thread:
    “First let me say that this post will be moderated.
    It will be moderated because I am linking to a contentious site.
    None of the assertions on this site have been contradicted, or credibly challenged.
    The story has been carried by a UK national newspaper, a UK national magazine and a major Israeli digital news outlet. It has been the subject of an incomplete Parliamentary enquiry and questions in the House by at least two MP’s.

    It is fundamentally a story about lobbying: by US and/or Israeli interests. Here is the link:
    Does “Comment is Free” actually have any basis in fact? Let’s see how long it lasts”
    We’ll see.

  25. genealogyGenie

    28 Nov, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    Paul Staines’ original family name was Stein. Am I wrong?

  26. @ Komodo.

    You’ll be lucky if it lasts half an hour.The Guardian really is rubbish.They’re so dumb they actually moderate a comment that’s been seen and recommended by a large number of posters long after the thread is in its twilight.
    Pathetic really.No wonder the MSM are failing.

  27. GenealogyGenie it is not what a person’s name is that’s as important as what he or she says and does. There is no doubt that Staines’ co-buddy and financier David Hart, was of Jewish descent, but that is neither here nor there. What is important is that both of them have proved by their actions and words that they are rabid racists to steal a couple of words from Jives.

  28. GenealogyGenie,

    Dunno, but Guido went to a Roman Catholic School, claims to be Irish and talks about inbred-German-toffs.


  29. GG
    Does he have any naval personnel in his family tree?

  30. Paula H Thanks! – as in seamen Staines?

    Keep ’em coming.

  31. So on the one hand Campbell is telling us that there’s no such thing as a leak – information obtained without being officially released must have been hacked. On the other hand he’s telling us that this (not very exciting and rather stupid) submission to Leveson must have been leaked – how shocking!
    The thing about Campbell is not that he’s a pathological liar – it’s that his lies are so transparent. Like the dodgy dossier, which was never going to stand any sort of scrutiny. A pathetic little man who was given the opportunity to do great harm by the revolting Blair.

  32. Parky

    ‘The grinning Blair wondering who was responsible for this mega PR stunt’.

    The Holy Ghost perhaps?

  33. ROFL; Seamen Sta….
    Any attempt to spring the vile Murdoch lot out of any trap ought to be considered the lowest of the low. Campbell clearly fits that category, the evidence forwarded about “pregnancy” somehow does not entail the shock for any kind of an outrage, given the context of the Blairs the attention seeking money grabbers, why does Campbell not talk about Greenspan and the shenanigans thereof?
    Hey criminal does what criminals do!

  34. OT, sorry again. Last time.
    Jives – my comment’s been pulled from the Grauniad…from this day on I’m getting the Telegraph. I’ll just have to reverse my bullshit filter, and get my daily fix of Rowson online. Free.
    That’s £6 a week you’re not getting, Grauniad.
    I guess “Comment is Free” refers only to the revenue stream, then.

  35. Komodo, you’re going to get the Guardian into even more financial trouble pulling your 6 quid a week.

  36. I should have said, THAT comment wasn’t free, was it?
    The Irish Times says it all about Campbell.
    It seems as though no studio discussion on the hacking scandal is considered complete without an input from Tony Blair’s former media henchman, ex-journalist Alistair Campbell. Notorious as a ruthless media manipulator when he was Blair’s director of communications, Campbell assiduously courted Rupert Murdoch’s News International for years – building particularly close relationships with reporters from the Sun and the News of the World.

    Now we are led to believe that he despises everything that Murdoch has stood for. Among much else that happened on Campbell’s watch, we had the Blair government’s “dodgy dossiers” on Iraq and the subsequent suicide of media whistleblower, weapons expert Dr David Kelly, who rubbished the dossiers’ outlandish claims.

    Yet all is forgotten as Campbell, a newly minted paragon of journalistic integrity, pontificates at length on how the press should behave. As I recall, neither British Labour leader Ed Miliband nor former deputy prime minister John Prescott ever complained about their party’s cosy relationship with Murdoch during Labour’s halcyon years in power. Yet both have been conspicuously to the fore in recent weeks, expressing concern that the News Corp chief may not be a “fit and proper” custodian of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

  37. The mention of

  38. Quelcrime, the thing that got me about Blair and Campbell was the campaigning and marathoning for a luekemia charity at the same time they were causing it by dropping depleted uranium in Iraq. It was just as cynical as Blair inviting a child to be treated in an English hospital for the loss of his arms and legs due to allied bombing.

  39. sorry.. the mention of Bliar on this thread coincides with a spambot from Louis Vuitton on the previous one. Bliar does of course have this connection to LVNH – Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesey.

  40. I would bet good money that that spambot has no more to do with LVMH than I have. Cheap knockoffs, for sure. Which brings us back neatly to Alastair Campbell.

  41. That photo in your link Mary is so fitting. It cearly shows the big W God planted on Blair’s forehead to show everybody what he is. Let him know if you see him Master Bates is the half-brother to Seaman Staines!

  42. Lord Stansted

    28 Nov, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    You are bonkers.

  43. TomBaldwinscoke

    28 Nov, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist and complete idiot.

    Piers Morgan would be proud of you.

  44. genealogyGenie

    28 Nov, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    The ‘in-bred German toffs’ claim, of which I was not hitherto aware, would explain much of Staines’ inherently racist attachment to Germany-on-Sea.

  45. And when I wrote God I meant the real one, not the retiring civil servant.

  46. Hague is on his feet demonizing Syria and Iran. Behind him sits Keith Simpson Com Broadland, a Conservative Friend of Israel and a frequent visitor to such countries as Israel, Bahrain, UAE, etc. I note that his gut is so large that it rests on his thighs. Revolting.

  47. Billy fourteen pints aka Hague can be as miffed as he likes, Iran has just decided to kick out the British Ambassador, and downgrade the diplomatic mission. So much for the deft handling of the foreign policy! This guy is a liability, considering; this bunch of showers were sitting on the sidelines whilst Werrity, Fox and Tel Aviv Gould were busy plotting the “British Foreign Policy”. All that is left for Hague; is to stand up and drone on about bollocks as a face saving exercise.
    Anyone heard of Putin’s stump speech?

  48. “Yet all is forgotten as Campbell, a newly minted paragon of journalistic integrity, pontificates at length on how the press should behave.”

    This quote says it al about Campbell, unreconstructed, prone to whinging about personal afflictions to withdraw or divert arguments and/or facts.
    new range of Campbell soups just out for the xmas foodies: Fake Fawkes Suppe, mit extra Erbsen und viel Wind.

    What a hatchet job for the unmentionables from down under, leaves one to ask the paupers question, how much has this episode ondulated fawksies purse?
    And will his readers ever find out why Guido did it? would it be heard amongst the din of hobnail boots on his blog.

  49. Jives and Komodo

    Interestingly, my comment referring to Craig’s blog hasn’t yet been pulled – this surprises me much, since I made it about six hours ago. Perhaps therir filter isn’t working very well!

    But Komodo, you’re so right – Martin Rowson is the only person who keeps me looking at the Guardian. Sad death of a once-respected paper – but I must continue to wonder how it continues to publish, unless of course its backers are from the former Atlantic Bridge.

  50. (Tongue in cheek).Is Seaman Staines related to ‘the Campbells are coming …’

  51. “Tory neo-con PR man Paul Staines”
    Undeservedly charitable, Craig. He’s a fucking arsehole. Did you see his blog when he was encouraging his readers to send pizza to the Israeli troops in Operation Cast Lead? Filth.

  52. Paul, Ha! Too much ‘angel dust’ in the old days and too many flashbacks has clouded your thinking – on the other hand perhaps ‘Mrs Dale’s Diary’ has marooned you firmly ‘in the groove’ – either way you are still a twat in my book who rarely imagines or senses anything outside the box – what was the title of your forthcoming book? Oh yes “Revelations of a Nose Picker” – or am I being unkind?

  53. Btw, has anyone else heard from the survey voice, ‘Mrs Murray’, asking for their opinions on the British Army? What an odd thing to survey. Not: “What is your opinion of the potholes in the road?” Not: “What is your opinion on the existence of God?” Perhaps, Jives, she just likes chatting to jivers!

  54. Great article Mr Craig Murray

  55. Vronsky,

    The same applies to over 99% of people in any position of power or influence. This is mainly due to propaganda, being a psychopath, tribal group think or basically being thick.

    Even someone like Paul Flynn who is very rare for an MP in actually having a conscience, and has been very anti Iraq and Afghanistan Wars…even he bought the manufactured BS about Gaddafi committing genocide in Benghazi, and supported Nato bombing Libya to hell.

    I don’t like any of our Prime Ministers who have been committing mass genocide around the world since at least 1999. It doesn’t however mean that I want some “Freedom loving” nation to bomb my back garden to bits in order to free us of these tyrants.


  56. In the debate that followed Hague’s statement, entitled North Africa and the Middle East (how much broader could they make the title?) Richard Burden spoke very movingly and vehemently about the outrage of Palestinian children being tried in Israeli military courts, having their hands tied together with plastic tags and having leg shackles fitted. Journeys of up to 9 hours were endured without lavatory facilities whilst the prison transporter went from prison to prison collecting and discharging the chid prisoners. No adult is there to protect them or to speak for them. There are 154 in prison at the moment.
    There were just about 18 MPs in the chamber whilst Mr Burden Lab Birmingham Northfield was speaking. Jeremy Corbyn supported him. Mr Burden has recently visited Palestine.
    Most of the ‘crimes’ committed were throwing stones.

  57. @ Suhayl

    Yeah it was strange.It felt hmmm…spooky? It just seemed to sync in with a day of clicktivism by me on this and the Grauniad’s site.

    As usual they withhold their number.

    Bawbags,of course,is the suitable Glesca vernacular.

  58. deepgreenpuddock

    28 Nov, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    Going to avoid getting involved in the guido/cm stuff but was struck by the Charlotte church statement to effect that Murdoch made the offer of a god press in lieu of 100,000 quid fee. Very striking that that was the fee for a thirteen year old but also striking that Murdoch behaves exactly like the the rag and bone/ scrappie man in the village who always entered a deal and then tried to weasel out of it by offsetting it against some other thing/stuff/future favour. He was a notoriously cheap, sly and untrustworthy individual. Interesting that Murdoch is also a similarly cheap glorified tinker chiel.

  59. Tom Watson MP post ‘Alastair Campbell’s Evidence to the Leveson Inquiry’ has been ‘pulled’ but here is the penultimate paragraph:


    Finally, I feel I ought to elaborate on the statement to which you drew attention in the specific context in which I made it. It was about Iraq, and the reporting of the issues which led to the Hutton Inquiry into David Kelly’s death. This was a hugely controversial issue, and remains so. The Inquiry shone a microscopic light on both the process of communication in the run-up to war, and the circumstances surrounding Dr Kelly’s death. When Lord Hutton was putting government witnesses through their paces, and ministers and officials from the Prime Minister down were being questioned and cross-examined, day in and day out, media reporting was largely slanted to show the government in a bad light, and Lord Hutton in a good light because of the rigour of his inquiry. The moment he concluded that the central charges against the government were not borne out by the evidence, and that the BBC reporting had been false, he was condemned as Lord Whitewash. Hundreds if not thousands of reports have subsequently sought to convey the sense that the BBC report alleging that we – and particularly I – inserted false intelligence into a government dossier, knowing it to be untrue and against the wishes of the intelligence agencies – was essentially true. It was not, and as Lord Hutton said at the time, even if it emerged there were no WMD in Iraq, that would not make the reporting true. But a media which thought it was going to ‘get’ Blair and his team via that inquiry simply does not and will not reflect anything that fails to fit the agenda it has on that issue.

  60. From Peter Oborne and Simon Walters biography of Campbell

    The most astonishing example of Campbell’s boldness in handling the tabloid newspapers came when the Daily Mirror secured the mouth-watering exclusive that 45-year-old Cherie Blair was pregnant. The Mirror dutifully went to Downing Street for confirmation before it ran its story. When the first editions appeared it was flabbergasted and horrified to see that The Sun had been given the story as well. New Labour’s greatest triumph had been to persuade Rupert Murdoch to dedicate The Sun to its cause. Having got it there Campbell would do whatever was necessary to keep it there. Favours flooded in and this seemed another of them.

    A livid Piers Morgan, editor of the Daily Mirror, rang Campbell to protest furiously. Things became so desperate that at the other end of the line Campbell recruited Tony Blair to help cope with the furious Daily Mirror editor. An extraordinary three-way conversation followed, in which Campbell, hand on heart, explained that the whole thing was just a terrible mistake.

    He explained that The Sun had got the story thanks to an extraordinary coincidence. Alastair Campbell’s explanation went as follows: Sun deputy editor Rebekah Wade had happened to have rung Cherie Blair that very day. By a still greater chance, the Downing Street switchboard put Wade straight through to the Downing Street flat. As it happened Cherie Blair was passing as the phone rang, and she picked it up. Finding it was her old friend Rebekah at the other end of the phone, Cherie stopped for a chat, and felt “that she had no choice” but to tell her the happy news as well. The Prime Minister was silent while Campbell spun an incredulous Morgan this astonishing yarn, though he muttered assent from time to time.

    Two months later a seething Morgan expressed his utter outrage about the affair to Fiona Millar, Campbell’s partner and Cherie’s advisor, who told him the real story. It was nothing like the transparent fiction that Alastair Campbell had tried to fob him off with, with Tony Blair listening in without protesting. The Campbell-Millars were well aware that the Prime Minister’s wife never liked Piers Morgan, or the Daily Mirror. So they had waited till as late as possible before telling Cherie the news that the Mirror was onto the story. As they had predicted, she was furious, and started shouting at Fiona. Cherie was so angry that she promptly picked up the phone and rang Wade and told her the story as well.

  61. Jives – are you, or is someone in your household, Forces or ex-Forces? There’s some current concern about cold-selling payday loans to Servicemen and their families…that kind of approach could be used.

  62. Murdoch’s alleged offer to Charlotte Church was/is grotesque.I’ve no doubt implicit in the offer was a Mafiosi-type threat to what sort of press she’d get if she didn’t play along.It’s blackmail of a child,in effect.


  63. @ Komodo

    No,no forces connections in my family or household.

    As mentioned before,it felt spooky-in the institutional sense.

  64. Mary, re. the logic of spambots – yeah, now you’re in the groove! I’ve had some very interesting ‘spamversations’ with the botties, usally at the fag-ends of long threads. It is the cyber equivalent of the 3:30 am conversation in the kitchen at the tail-end of a party. However, they often are more entertaining and incpiently cosmic than the ‘Screaming Lord Sutch’ one-line trolls who cacophonise repeatedly that ‘Craig Murray is insane!!’ – that type of recyclable organic waste is very boring and quasi-Stalinist and fools absolutely no-one.


    Seems to be alot of explosions involving sensitive sites in Iran of late.

  66. Disgusting Mary, I remind myself Richard is Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group which seeks to foster good relations and understanding between Britain and Palestine and to promote a just and durable peace in the Middle East.
    Worthy of note this honourable man voted against invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the 2005 anti-terror bill, which included provision to hold terrorist suspects for 90 days without trial.
    On another tack Richard was excluded from meeting Chinese premier Wen Jiabao while agent Cameron on the one hand sealed British deals with China worth nearly £2 billion and on the other, lumped China as a threat comparable to Iran – fucking hypocrite!

  67. Its building up. The latest: [Last week President Medvedev address to the Nation)
    Russia instructs defence ministry to place early warning missile radar on combat alert in Kaliningrad.
    Russia increases protection of its nuke arsenal (hardened)
    Currently fitting navy and army latest missiles Topol, Topol M, Buluva. with extremely advanced warheads to defeat U.S. missile defence.
    Instructs defense ministry to find ways to deal with missile defence data and jam its ability to work effectively
    Medvedev said they will condionally place Iskander tactical weapons in Kaliningrad to take out the missile defence.

    Latest, latest news.

    George HW Bush in Syrian waters from last wed. Just joined by three heavy missile cruisers & 5 guided missile destroyers

    Russia currently has three heavy warships located near Tartus. They have thrown an extremely advanced air defence and warning system around a large sector of Syrian territory.
    The Russian Federation aircraft carrier Kuznetzov and its as yet unidentified strike team are on the way. Arrival unconfirmed.
    They will park in the same Syrian waters as the HW Bush, and its strike group.
    What more can I say.

    This will not be Cuba. Both the Russian Leadership and the military have not been asked to stand down. The leadership have requested the military to defend Iran and Syria against outside interference. There will be no climbdown this time.

  68. Havantaclu – couldn’t find your comment. Giveusaclu, please…
    Mine went up, and was deleted without even the standard excuse:
    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs.
    I conclude that it abided by their community standards, and was just pulled.
    I also noted on another Grauniad blog that you can be as Islamophobic as you like. Double standards, given the recent homily from the readers’ editor on antisemitism.
    Suhayl – what I like about spambots is that when you have been creatively rude to one, another one will happen by and say ” I am very much to like yr excellent comments and told bunch of mine friends at Oxford University about you”. I prefer them to people.

  69. Vronsky,
    That guido fuckwit was sending pizza to the baby killing, grani bashing,land stealing, mass murdering ziobots?

  70. Forgive Paul, for he knows not what he did. Quite a lot of acid and MDMA, as it happens.

  71. Ishmael’s right:
    “Of course, the Russian naval forces in the Mediterranean will be incommensurate with those of the US 6th Fleet, which includes one or two aircraft carriers and several escort ships,” Admiral Kravchenko explained. “But today, no one talks about possible military clashes, since an attack on any Russian ship would be regarded as a declaration of war with all the consequences.”
    Operation Enduring Arms Sales may have run into a slight problem, then.

  72. Jives
    A lot of hot air, more like, evidently a house heater/boiler malfunctioning is now getting classified as an “explosions”, and the types of guardian run with it, along with Ynet, etc. Shows a kind of desperation.
    Have you had a look at the comments in the Ynet etc? Mostly composed of the calls for Nuking Tehran and killing the Muslim “verm..”! It is disgusting to see the levels of racism, which somehow does not cause any kind of reaction, imagine if someone somewhere calls for Jew “verm..” to be nuked in the shitty little strip of land?

  73. Well, Komodo, it’s not the Bay of Pigs, not yet, and it was planned but there are strong words. Perhaps Hague and his war-mongering Zionist cohorts will take note. The only trouble is they are mad enough to think “Bring it on!”

  74. Jives – re explosion
    Former CIA officer Robert Baer has confirmed the catastrophe of losing an entire CIA/MI6 intelligence station in Tehran. I believe this was the result of Iran using double agents who infiltrated a complicated espionage and sabotage network affiliated to MI6. A number of Iranian students and youths had been targeted by British intelligence (Werritty?) by offering different incentives such as acquiring a visa, residence permits, employment and education in the UK.

    This was somehow achieved by collective collaboration and nearly all students had payed little attention to the type of activities they were involved in.
    Over 75% of these post-graduates held masters and even higher education certificates which shows the scope of the investment of British intelligence and their care for educated Iranians as well as their abuse of naivity in that none of the students knew of the complexity of MI6 methodology.
    Interestingly those active in the spying network had complete fluency in the Farsi language, even to the extent of full familiarity with old Persian proverbs, as well as making contacts on the basis of Iranian culture and customs up to the point that those affiliated to this network were not informed whether their senior officials were Iranian or non-Iranian.
    The information required by intelligence was diverse but included measures taken by Iran to circumvent sanctions, energy transmission networks, urban transportation, financial institutions and communications into Iran from the UK.
    An Iranian student sent to Malaysia became suspicious after being offered a free scholarship in return for confidential information from a government science institution.

  75. Re. the Russian deployment: there are conflicting views on this. The Bush was reportedly in Marseilles for an extended visit on the 25th. The jolly tars were to be bussed inland to get some French culcha (badly needed), while the Russian fleet, according to Tass, is still in the Barents Sea – eight days away. And DEBKA, the Zionist disinformation agency, goes with the RT version…so if anyone’s playing silly buggers we know who it is, as usual. Relax, for the moment.

  76. The Bush will leave Marseilles tomorrow en route to Norfolk VA. I submit this as an instance of the need to check the facts where RT is concerned. Local source, agrees with USN press release from the ship.

  77. Mark Golding, that’s interesting, but a former CIA intelligence officer is just as likely to be giving misinformation to let the “enemy” believe they’ve got the lot. Though I suspect Iranian intelligence will remain vigilant. In a way I feel sorry for these students recruited by western intelligence services to be sent to their deaths for a few dollars more than they could earn from their degrees, and a lot less than they would earn over their lifetimes. Also with despotic regimes like Iran their families are likely to suffer too. This is what intelligence services do, they target people with little money, as in your earlier comment in which you had information that MI6 plan a ‘sting’ on Iranian asylum-seekers to create the UK’s 9/11 as an excuse to attack Iran. But it looks like Russia has had enough from the tone of that article posted by Komodo on the Russian aircraft carrier. And I suspect China has too.

  78. definitely Craig !! Tony the Stud and PM , God’s instrument,defender of the faith,,all fits in with the vanity of the man. If only she hadn’t been such a boot… or was it Booth ? Or was it in a booth ?

  79. Komodo. Both articles are dated today. Is this an emergency departure for the ‘Bush’ to avoid being accused of going home with its tail between its legs due to some of the strongest Russian talking I have heard in a long while? Russia was not happy with what NATO did in Libya.

  80. Komodo,
    ROFLMAO, You old Lizard, you made my day! Acid, ayyye?

    Robert Baer, is a tosser of first degree, and most of what he says is pure fiction. In the story the masters and PhD level students do not speak fluent English and are fooled by the “perfect Farsi speaking” agents, such as Werrity who is an Iran expert with the vocabulary of; salam, merci, halet chetoreh (how are you)! (this is a standard ziotactic, bigging up/puffing up everything about themselves, and their agents. Before D. Miliband was getting the job of the foreign secretary, the rags were filled with his linguistic abilities, only for him to later admit he did not have any language skills)
    The story is designed to portray these “lambkins” as dumb as the Red Indians falling for beads, and fire water tricks (visas, and work permits). Further, what goes unnoticed is the capture of the CIA asset; Abudl Malik Riggi, a vicious terrorist, who had 198 decapitations on his CV, and was tailed from the Bargam airbase, and caught in mid air, on a Qatar Airways jet. Incidentally, the first transmission of the Pilot was not addressed to the tower in Dubai, when it was intercepted (he was talking to some officials and getting orders as what he ought to do?).
    The eye witness account of the capture of Riggi and his entourage, included his body guards, entail the utter disbelief, at the time of his capture. Despite Riggi’s three differing Passports he had been captured.
    The fact is these daily snippets of “explosions” ad nauseum, are designed to keep the matter on the b oil sort of.

  81. “Interestingly those active in the spying network had complete fluency in the Farsi language, even to the extent of full familiarity with old Persian proverbs, as well as making contacts on the basis of Iranian culture and customs up to the point that those affiliated to this network were not informed whether their senior officials were Iranian or non-Iranian.” Mark Golding.
    I once – in the late 1980s – met an affable (British) gentleman who told me he’d worked in the UK Embassy in Teheran during the Shah’s time. He told me: “I’m not surprised they hate us. We had spies right through that society.”
    In the UK (and in France), Persian ‘hands’ are legion.

  82. Erica Blair’s extract from the Oborne and Walters book (2004) on Alastair Campbell made me dig out an even fuller extract: see . It’s worth reading to be reminded of New Labour’s manipulation of everyone, including the media. And also to be reminded that Campbell’s CV includes his time as a Mediterranean gigolo, good training for falsely sexing things up for a rich and influential paymistresses, or masters.


    I hope the team taking evidence from Campbell at the Leveson Inquiry will have read it (I will send it to them – “Please send any representations to generalenquiries”. Leo Blair will have no problem securing a job, with an impressive public CV starting in utero.

  83. Suhayl Saadi,
    You do realise that Farsi is not exactly Arabic? And fecking hard to learn, and even worst to speak! How these legion came to be, in UK and France, lest we forget the ex pats whom mostly speak the ancient Farsi dialects?

  84. John Goss:
    “Mark Golding, that’s interesting, but a former CIA intelligence officer is just as likely to be giving misinformation to let the “enemy” believe they’ve got the lot.”
    That may be true, but in his book “See No Evil” Robert Baer makes some pretty strong claims, and even stronger insinuations, about the real agenda of the CIA in the “war on terror”. I realise that we are living in a hall of mirrors, but I struggle to imagine what the CIA would have to gain by having one of its ex-members support widespread suspicions about the Neocons were up to.
    Who knows?

  85. Dick the Prick

    28 Nov, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Dear Craig

    I can proper understand how this must look to a rational person who cares about politics and strategic power plays and stuff; that my enemy’s enemy is my friend and other FCO basic training but for us mad loon right wing motherfuckers – Campbell’s just a bog standard prick who could never have got passed middle management in the Tory Party. The left hate him a hell of a lot more than the right, same goes for Blair – if he were a Tory he could probably have got education or health maybe. I can understand your frustration that the left got bought but it ain’t us who made him but it is damn funny bringing them down.

    Now if the left had done their job in the 1st place…but that’s another ice cream sundae. Keep your pecker up lad.


  86. Fedup, how could you imagine that I don’t know that Persian and Arabic are two different langauges?? The UK was the imperial power of note in relation to Persia/Iran, so it had a large bank of ‘hands’ for many decades. That kind fo resource doesn’t just vanish, nor can it be constructed overnight. France has had a lot of interaction with Persians, many ex-pats/exiles are in France (as well as the USA).
    On another note, a few days ago I referred to the Speedo trunks photos of the Chief of the Security Service, when of course it should have been the Chief of the SIS, Sawyers. Sawyers, it was, in the Speedos – PR for MI6, according to Corinne Souza, who has a certain expertise in the aras of both PR and MI6.

  87. Franz, it is a Hall of Mirrors, and not just flat-faced mirrors. Nobody really knows. Sometimes our speculations are right, sometimes they’re not.
    Anyway bonfire night is long gones, and so is Guido Fawkes.

  88. As far as I can work out, John, the Bush passed S. through the Suez Canal on 18th June to join the 5th. Fleet (covering the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and coast off East Africa as far south as Kenya) , and returned, with the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) on or about the 20th Nov, its tour having finished. It has as a result been assigned to the 6th Fleet (Mediterranean) until it gets back into the Atlantic. It could have been spotted recently off Syria – I have no knowledge of its course, but I don’t think that its plans will change from the publicised schedule absent a major conflict in the next 24 hours.

  89. Suhayl Saadi,
    Somehow for the last thirty two years, the bank of hands would have had sweet fa to do, how can this bank still exist? Further, Farsi a heck of lot more difficult than Arabic; its extended alphabet, and the irregular verbs that make German/Russian look positively easy languages to master.

  90. Heather Stroud will not conceal the fact that she has resided with Palestinians in the “West Bank” when she departs at Ben Gurion airport tomorrow at c. 15 hrs. Her cell phone number then is 0549758019 (Israel 00972)

    A friend Heather Stroud from Yorkshire will speak the truth which might cause her to be arrested. I do not know. This is her statement:

    “Israel has created a fiction around its existence, a fiction that even under minimal scrutiny lacks credibility. It is full of such extreme contradictions that only by adopting bully tactics can Israel claim a supportive audience at all. That our western leaders and media collude in this fiction should be of serious concern to all of us.
    On the public stage they smile and shake hands for the good photo opportunities with Israel’s leaders. It is only if we are willing to look closer that we notice that their eyes are closed.
    But it is not just our compromised leaders who collude in this way. All of us who want to visit Palestine are forced to join in the fiction to some degree. Israel holds the gaoler’s keys. From the airport to the checkpoints they determine who goes in and who goes out.
    My decision to stop participating in their fiction came slowly. It was more a creeping distaste at having to deny my support of Palestinian rights, and a disgust at my feigned respect for a colonial God-ordained project.
    Not colluding in their fiction will almost certainly gain me a place on their notorious ‘black list’ of those banned from re-entry into ‘Israel’.
    My individual act of defiance is insignificant but the message is not. If our world leaders and media acknowledged the truth that Israel is not the victim but the oppressor, and if they summoned the courage to challenge Israel to obey international law, Palestine might one day become free.”

    One fraction of the barbarity that moves Heather can be read here –

  91. Fedup, well, yes, granted, it was in the late 1980s, so already over 20 years ago. But I’m not sure your assumption that they have had little to do is necessarily accurate. On tghe contrary, there are always things to do! Iran has been an enemy of the UK since 1979, this means spying is de rigeur. Furthermore, people in a number other countries in the region speak Persian – Afghanistan being the most obvious example. The Persina is pronounced difefrently from that in Iran, and Iran itself has many regional variants, different accents and so on.
    But perhaps you have some inside knowledge to which I am not privy? If so, please share. Thanks.
    You do sound awfully like anno, btw. Perhaps you two ought to have a cup of tea, Persian-style.

  92. Didn’t realize that The Australian has a paywall.
    This is the complete piece

  93. @Mary

    The Australian is in the Murdoch stable – hence the paywall. So I’m amazed that this story was published there at all.

  94. Thanks Komodo.
    Craig, have a look at the previous blog please. I’ve posted four comments which may have some significance. They’re at the bottom of the feed. Off to bed now. ‘night.

  95. Suhayl Saadi,
    Afghan dialect is Dari, which is a variant, and not exactly Farsi. In fact there are a few Farsi Speaking countries in the area (south-west Asia/Mid-east). However the succinct enunciation, grammatical variance, and distinctive vocabularies, differentiate these from one another, despite their shared parametric/lingual heritage, ie as in English and variances thereof.
    Not digressing from the issues, in the current climate of poopy Pants Iran, which is an attempt to divert attention from the all out fuckups de jour in the form of the plethora of the failures and financial snafu, and calamities all around. Added into the, the ever opportunist ziofuckwits trying to muddy the already troubled waters for their own end, in a fashion as found in nature; Brainwashed by a parasite . This proving to be not to the advantage of the majorities concerned, who are already paying the price for the mistakes of the past (Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc), and being forced into bearing an even greater burden by the day.

  96. Professor the Baroness Haleh Afshar is pleading for Britain to stall the relentless push to war with Iran.
    I hope to confirm/rescind whether the Royal navy ships HMS Albion, HMS Ocean and RFA Fort Rosalie are off or stationed in Cyprus waiting for orders to commence an attack on Syria which I believe is intended to snare Iran into some conflict that can be exploited to justify a direct attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities (the Wests axiom of securing world peace?). November 30th I believe is a crucial date for this insane accord to consolidate or die from conjecture.

  97. Meanwhile back at the ranch:
    China’s freedom of navigation and other legal rights should not be obstructed
    Who said Chinese were not well pleased?

  98. The Lobby had called “Chilcot Inquiry” an old-fashioned anti-Semitism.

    Oliver Miles, former Ambassador to Libya, writing in the Independent on November 22, 2009 – raised the doubts that the presence of two pro-Israeli members on the 5-member Iraq Inquiry would most probably hide the pro-Israel Jewish Lobby’s role in Britain’s joining the invasion of Iraq. The Jewish-owned TIME magazine called Oliver Miles’ comment as “disgraceful”. On January 28, 2010 – BBC was quoted Martin Gilbert, whom it described as a “proud practicing Jew and Zionist” saying he feels “deep unease” at Oliver Miles comments.

  99. Thanks Craig, pertinent as ever. Bonkers or not is incidental.
    I just hope the Levenson enquiry manages to sift through these stories and get to the relevant facts. From the parade of “victims” we have seen so far, there are certainly some that have been unfairly treated and the public deserves some legal protection from the press gone wild for a story. However, there are also others appearing, such as Campbell here, that were themselves playing such devious games with the press that any claim to victimhood should be laughed off the stage.

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