The UK Government Manufacture of False Sexual Allegations 439

I want to give you a concrete example of how the UK government deliberately sets out to manufacture false sexual allegations against people it considers a threat. I do so to educate those who view this concept as an unthinkable “conspiracy theory”. I write of a case of which I have expert knowledge; it is my own case.

I became an “enemy of the state” when, as British Ambassador, I protested against UK and US complicity in torture and extraordinary rendition in Uzbekistan. As detailed in Murder in Samarkand, I very quickly found myself suspended and subject to civil service investigation of disciplinary allegations against me, the worst of which was that I extorted sex from visa applicants. Blair’s No. 10 quickly leaked this allegation against me to the Daily Mail.

I was in a state of complete shock. I had no idea at all what could have led to such allegations. The Kafkaesque nightmare deepened when I was presented with the evidence against me.

The case was of a young woman named Albina Safarova. I was shown her visa application documents by the investigating officer. These included her passport photo, and she was a strikingly beautiful young woman. On the back of her visa application the Visa Officer had written “HMA (Her Majesty’s Ambassador, i.e. me) authorises issue”. The investigation had obtained a statement from the Visa Officer, in which she stated that she had issued the Visa after being informed by two British diplomats that Ms Safarova was a friend of mine. To complete the evidence, the original application was supported by a letter from Ms Safarova’s sponsor, a Mr Dermot Hassett, who stated in the application that the circumstances of the application were known to the British Ambassador, Mr Craig Murray.

All of which seems firm and damning evidence of, at the least, unwarranted interference in visa issues.

Except for this. Not only had I never had any form of sexual encounter with Ms Albina Safarova, I had never met her or even heard of her. The same was true of Mr Dermot Hassett. Not only were they not my friends, I had no idea they existed.

After I left the FCO, I gave the papers to a veteran investigative reporter, Bob Graham, who contacted Dermot Hassett. Graham told me that Hassett explained that a British diplomat – one of the two who had told the Visa Officer Ms Safarova was my friend – had instructed him to write my name into the visa application, with the assurance that the visa would be granted.

So the British government had put substantial effort into the preparation of fake documents connecting me to Ms Safarova and Mr Hassett and this visa application. Yet the whole thing was entirely fake. Those British diplomats had lied, and convinced Mr Hassett and the Visa Officer to produce “independent” documents corroborating those lies.

Interestingly, they never produced any allegation from Ms Safarova that a sexual relationship was involved. In the absence of this and of any evidence that I had ever met Safarova, and in view of the fact the Visa Officer’s evidence crucially stated it was other British diplomats, not me, who told her Safarova was my friend, I was acquitted. No other incident was ever alleged. But mud sticks, and the smear was used to discredit my evidence on torture and extraordinary rendition, and has been so used ever since.

Alex Salmond is far more of a threat to the British establishment than I ever was. So is Julian Assange and so is Tommy Sheridan. Anybody who looks at any of these examples, and does not understand that the state will actually fabricate allegations and fabricate evidence to back them, is a fool.

I know. It happened to me.

439 thoughts on “The UK Government Manufacture of False Sexual Allegations

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  • Hieroglyph

    I”m now convinced. The structures of power are not what we think they are. It really is more a pyramid than a parliament. The technical structures of democracy – universal suffrage, executive, parliament, separate judiciary, etc etc – are useful fronts, and excellent disguises. The true nature of our rulers has, hitherto, been fundamentally hidden.

    People will mock such Illuminati references – but I suspect far less will mock than did previously. Craig being stitched up is a small, yet pertinent example. Powerful players used their little minions to screw him. I believe it goes: Satan, various blue bloods and Bildergergs, UN, their loyal spooks, etc etc. The agnostic among us may happily think of ‘Satan’ as symbolic rather than actual, though a quick peek at the Podesta emails gives one pause for thought. And it is the minions of this self-serving little structure that play their little games with poor Craig, and everyone else. Who was this person who instructed the individual to reference Craig? Why did he do it? Who asked him to? Interesting questions. I do not know the answer, but suspect it was a minor administrative matter to someone minor in the CFR. Sorry Craig, even Ambassador’s are small beer to these people.

    Perhaps it’s just me, but the world has gotten strange in the last few years. I had always resolutely avoided ‘conspiracy’ rabbit holes, on grounds of meh, whatever. But the bizarre, cult like worship of Hilary, and all the trans-pedo stuff – not to mention Podesta’s art collection – has made me somewhat more curious, and much more savvy to the lies of the MSM.

    An odd, fallen world to be sure. Oh, we didn’t go to the moon. Seriously – we didn’t.

    • Johny Conspiranoid

      Its reasonable to recognise that people haven’t given up conspiring, but we don’t need to suppose the existence of a giant secret organisation to explain what we see. Rather we might expect networking oportunities for communities of interest, such as the Bildeberg group, to give rise to various ways of pursuing those interests on a more ad hoc basis with whatever degree of secrecy each project required. The interests pursued would be class interests and the dynamic of their interactions, forming a system whose workings the participants are only vaguely aware of, would give the surface appearance of conspiratorial action. However, that does not mean that conspiratorial action and class struggle are mutualy exclusive explanations of what we see, rather that they should be seen as complementary and mutualy dependant.

    • King of Welsh Noir

      Yes, in the past there was a veneer of normality cloaking the world and this enabled folk to dismiss conspiracy theorists by pointing to how normal everything was. It does seem to have become very threadbare in the past few years. Even so-called sensible people are starting to wonder.

      You don’t need to posit an over-arching conspiracy. If you accept that politicians and monarchs are frontmen for the real rulers, those who prefer to remain in the shadows, it can all be explained by a cascade of interlocking conspiracies driven by the interests of self-preservation. We are many, they are few, and they sure know it.

  • Dr Lindsay Neil

    I don’t for one moment imagine that there has not been, and continues to be, infiltration of Scottish Government and affairs by clandestine personnel dedicated to frustrate Scottish Independence from England.
    In the same way that military muscle has been withdrawn south leaving Scotland virtually bereft of military hardware and units, this is a long term policy of secret and deliberate attenuation of any Scottish body or organisation that could conceivably assist a drive towards independence. This is not a paranoid attitude but we should be aware at all times that there are no limits that the ‘Establishment’ will not exceed in their drive to prevent a separation from Scotland. If you were them, wouldn’t you?
    There are many who try to put a wedge between Scots and English. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it will be eradicate prejudices so created. The English are our best friends; it is important that we do not lose this relationship. That is the danger.

    • Craig P

      If there was such a programme then surely it would include the build-up of military in Scotland, rather than the reverse?

      I’m not saying that nobody in the civil service has thought through the thwarting of the SNP’s aims, or that no action has been taken to that end, but I struggle to see how the reduction in military is part of that.

  • MaryPau!

    I should just like to add that I am not and never have been a newspaper journalist. I am however always liable to get involved in campaigns to protect unspoiled countryside and a good few years ago, I got involved in just such a campaign in the south of England. The Guardian decided to cover it and asked Severin Carrell, the journalist who wrote the story linked above, to interview me. We met and had a number of conversations and I found him to be a straightforward open guy who covered my views fairly. We have not had any contact since. He was not then a political reporter. He has since moved to cover the Scotland pitch for the Guardian. Of course all reporters have to follow their newspaper’s editorial line, but in my experience, if you need a decent jobbing journalist, to write a fair account, you could do a lot worse than Severin Carrell.

  • Sharp Ears

    In the US, Weinstein wriggles out.

    ‘A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him.

    Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.

    In her lawsuit, filed in April 2018, the actor accused Weinstein of smearing her reputation by discouraging director Peter Jackson from casting her in his blockbuster movie franchise The Lord of the Rings.’

  • michael norton

    Of the withdrawl of British, French, American personnel from Syria,
    is to be remembered that much shenanigans has occurred, by Britain, U.S.A. and France.
    The howlings of protest about the removal of troops, is in part, the need to destroy all the remnants of Islamic State.
    Because if the Syrians capture them, they will torture them and parade them on television for the World to lean, who has been putting them up to these shenanigans, who has been supplying the weapons and who has been funding them.

    Dangerous times for the truth to come out but less dangerous if there are fewer survivors.

    • JohninMK

      So far what you describe has not happened.

      The Syrians have captured hundreds of ISIS and other terrorist operatives (many of whom no doubt died very painfully ‘trying to escape’), tons of munitions and piles upon piles of documents yet nothing untoward has been released by them as to western connections. That that they did release on chemical weapons storage sites just disappeared as western MSM avoided it.

      I would say that the Syrian Government is taking the diplomatic approach rather than trying and probably failing to rub it in peoples faces. Keeping their powder dry and building up the files for the inevitable back room negotiations.

  • Jack

    This is the type of smearing Integrity Initiative would engage in, keep your eyes open on the spooks.

  • glenn_pt

    “These included her passport photo, and she was a strikingly beautiful young woman.

    Could we have sight of this (and indeed any accompanying photographs) as supporting evidence for this account? Not that I’m sceptical, but I do like to judge these things for myself.

  • Republicofscotland

    “A group of MPs wants the government to introduce a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in food insecurity in the UK – especially among children.”

    “The Environmental Audit Committee says 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food – figures among the worst in Europe.”

    I’m sure those hungry children and adults for that matter, will feel sated when they find out just how much money the British government is throwing away on Trident, and the two staging posts (aircraft carriers).

    Or when they realise that the House of Lords, a undemocratic and unelected chamber has a taxpayer subsidised restaurant, and the Lords receive £300 per day just for showing up.

    Or when they cast their minds back to the billionaires, I mean the queens speech in front of her golden piano and listen to the hollow words of we must all pull together in these difficult times. I’m sure their empty stomachs will cease rumbling at HRH’s almost angelic like words.

    For this is Blighty and the old John Bull stiff upper lip resolve trumps hunger every time, God Bless you Mam. (doff cap).

    • Charles Bostock

      You really are a silly sort of chap, aren’t you. Everything that goes wrong or reflects badly on the UK is grist to your mill. But do you seriously think that things would go that differently in n independent Scotland?

      I wonder why – if you feel you have to – you don’t just confine yourself to posting serious reasons for why, in your opinion, Scotland should gain independence? Posting the sort of stuff you do is only an argument for independence if you sincerely believe that an independent Scotland would, miraculously, be different. But would it?

      • JohninMK

        You really have to wonder about the figures. So we have 19% starving waifs, that’s not what I see when I pass our local schools at turfing out time. There is difficult to spot the skinny ones among the fatties.

        It seems to me that the measures of poverty etc have gone crazy. I suppose now that these families regard a mobile as more important than food.

  • Republicofscotland

    Meanwhile in the land of Empire and Isolation, the horrendous shitrag the Daily Mail is seen as the worst newspaper (I use the term loosely ) for a third year in a row.

    Second is the fast heading to number one spot the Times, and third is the not to be taken seriously the Sun newspaper.

    I rather surprised the comic book the Express isn’t in the top three.

    • isa

      When I read the Daily Mail or if I read the Sun I know what to expect. Sadly most people turn th epages of the Guardian and think it is a paragon of truth and let their guard down. Which is worse, I am no sure.

  • Republicofscotland

    Not very good news for the newly laid off 5000 workers at the Indian owned Jaguar Land Rover, these job losses come on the back of several thousand jobs shed last year in Blighty by them as well.

    Of course TATA are recruiting workers in China, and 3000 jobs will be created in Slovakia, to produce the model the Discovery.

    Still it appears that TATA are creating jobs outside Old Blighty, and not within it.

  • margarete Rolle

    Truly shocking! these false allegations and fabrications. My window on today’s society is seriously fogged and it’s difficult for me to come to terms with the level of hypocrisy from Government.

  • J Anderson

    UKgov cook up false leaks all the time, this is no surprise, it is just hard to distinguish what’s concocted and what is real, just look at the whole iraq war dossier.

    Looking at cases of people in authority commiting abuse, it always seems they are repeat offenders, if it is one isolated claim and no other victims come forward then it is somewhat more likely to have been fabricated, still not proof, but looking at the weinstein case and Brett Kavanaugh, you can see there’s depth to the accusations that would be near impossible to fake.

    • freddy

      Weinstein, Hollywood mogul, has been charged with five counts of sexual abuse, including rape (but innocent until proof of guilt).

      Kavanaugh, SCOTUS appointee, was recently exonerated in glowing terms from the Ford accusations by Rachel Mitchell’s report. Swetnick is apparently under investigation for her clearly ludicrous claims (and the less said about Avanetti, the better). Haven’t heard more from people like Ramirez, so…but I’m confident anything worthwhile would have been absolutely seized upon by the Dems, who have buckets of motive.

      Just because there’s smoke, does not mean there’s always fire. We need to take each accusation and accuser on their individual merits, no matter how many.

  • Ralph

    Craig, have you previously written about john herbst (former us ambassador), or would you like to comment on him here? Many thanks.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    In considering Scotland’s inability to assert itself militarily since almost all the land based capabilities are in England, don’t forget the huge air craft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth class ones, it is building to help the USA police the world.

    The UK is being impoverished to help Washington’s imperial ambitions.

    • michael norton

      Why are so many M.P.’s friends of Israel,
      I mean are their friends of Canada or friends of Egypt or friends of Ethiopia?

      • Tatyana

        Honestly, it is very striking thing for me to know about Friens of Israel in British Parliament. It is so strange!
        If we had ‘friends of somewhere’ in russian parliament, I’d have a lot of questions to ask. Because primarily, they must be friends of Russia, as soon as they get my money paid for their parliament job.
        Second, if they want to be friends with some other country, so they (MPs) may participate in non-government organisations.
        Third, before going to be friends (and supporters) of some country, it is at least polite to ask electorate are we willing for this friendship.

        I wouldn’t be happy with the thought that my MPs are hired to propose and to approve acts of law, being the friends of some other country at the same time. I know how greedy and selfish people can be, lot of examples of corrupt officers thinking ‘après moi le déluge’

          • Godolphin

            ROS, there’s considerably more than several, according to the link’s graphic; there is legislation introduced already in 26 States and pending in another 13.

          • Tatyana

            RepublicofScotland, first I thought you’re kidding me, but really, it is no fun.
            It simply contradicts with everithyng I know of US, because its nationals and its law are supposed to be (and often even mocked in russian folklore jokes) highly patriotic.

            With my highest respect to speech pathologists, just an excourse into my student’s years – we had a lot of young girls studying humanitarian sciences in my university. Many were going to be lawyers, historians, teachers of literature or psychologists. Our professors often treated us with sincere understanding, that young girls may have babies, may have not enough time to go through all the exams on time.
            But 2 only exceptions were these girls who study linguistics and speech pathology. It is simple – if you are not ready to pronounce what you are to study at home – it means simply that you don’t learn what you should learn. No possibility to swallow a textbook during a day(as ‘historians’ or ‘lawyers’ used to do) and answer questions the next morning. Both linguistics and speech pathology need daily attentive practice. It is labor and it is discipline.
            Also, as I’ve said, I live in Kuban region, muslims and christians naturally mixed for I don’t know how long. We had a church and a mosque at the university’s territory.
            I can easily imagine a woman from the article to be a muslim girl from my study place.
            Gosh, my English professor at university was Zhanna Bogosovna, adygeian; my Russian teacher was Nina Rubenovna, armenian,and her sister Oksana Rubenovna was my English teacher at school. My *sorry* gynecologist is Asjet Batterbievna and my dentist is Armen Manvelovich. My husband’s best client is a Kurdish family!
            Yet some people here say that I’m a racist or something of the kind! Hallo! You’ve never lived in Russia!

          • Vivian O'Blivion

            I believe you are correct. The State laws are however clearly unconstitutional and are being challenged as such. This said, the unconstitutional outcome of the Scopes monkey trial (1925) was not formally struck off ’till 1968!

    • Vivian O'Blivion

      Sharp ears. Falling down on the job?
      Question Time is getting like a game of Friends of Israel bingo.
      Jo Swinson is a member of LD. FoI, and Melanoma Phillips is a cancerous growth.

    • Republicofscotland

      It could be a result of the huge volcanic eruption, in December last year from Anak Krakatau, which I read released over five billion tonnes of gases and materials into the atmosphere.

      Of course Europe and Russia for that matter have suffered from volcanic eruptions in the past. Mount Huaynaputina in Peru caused widespread failure of crops in Europe due to temperature drops and poor summers.

      Infact the year 1601 in Russian history was said not only to be the onset of the Time of Troubles but it was the coldest in Russisn history for 600 years. It led to a famine killing one-third of the Russian population

    • bj

      One thing I do,hope with some fervor is, that when the effects of global warming strike western Europe,
      the idiots are among the first to be swallowed by it.

  • Sharp Ears

    Letter from Dearlove and Lord Guthrie to all Tory chairpersons. The pair advise non acceptance of May’s deal on account of damage to national security.

    Guthrie, ex Commander in Chief of the Defence Force, is so concerned about our country’s security even though he is an ardent supporter of Israel. He used to attend their Herzliya conferences. For instance his subject there in 2007 was “Upgrading Israel’s strategic partnerships with the Atlantic community: the US, NATO and the EU”. There was a good sprinkling of warriors for Israel there like Netanyahu and Perle. He had an interest in Colt Defence which he did not declare when making a speech in the Lords in 2007.,_Baron_Guthrie_of_Craigiebank

    He is an honorary patron of the JNF along with Blair and others considered to be worthies.

    The JNF plants forests over the remains of Palestinian villages which were razed to the ground.

  • Sebastian

    Yes, “mud” sticks, as has been said. And them as dig pits fall in them, to quote Bob Marley paraphrasing the book of Psalms. Though it can take some little time, in my experience.
    References to Blighty, as in “good old”, put me in mind of this eye opening, too me at least, bit of potted history (Some serious historians are included). Which seems to rhyme with the current situation on many levels.

    The WWI Conspiracy – Part One: To Start A War

    Part Two a bit American centered for me to relate too, Part Three coming soon.

  • Tatyana

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
    If a man is cleared of accusations, but ‘mud’ still ‘sticks’ – it is obvious that the mud is somewhere else, between the eye and the object!
    In other words, ‘sticked mud’ is wrong perception of reality.

    mr. Murray is not dressed all white and a halo over his head (or, what english idiom for this, I don’t know).
    But for me he is a Knight of Clarity, fighting ‘mud monsters’ in my eyeglasses, and window, and computer screen, daily. If I could advise a nickname for him, I’d suggest ‘penicillin’.

  • Sharp Ears

    A short debate on the question of future bases for the Royal Marines concluded HoC business yesterday at 10.17pm

    Today there is ongoing debate on Brexit.

    Oral questions Transport (including Topical Questions)

    Business Statement /Business Questions to the Leader of the House

    Debate Section 13(1)b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 – continued

    Adjournment Europa School Culham – John Howell **

    ** His concerns for the school on Radio Oxford. It is the only school in the UK that offers the European Baccalaureate.

    • Charles Bostock

      Sharp Ears

      ” His concerns for the school on Radio Oxford. It is the only school in the UK that offers the European Baccalaureate.”

      On a point of information to help you, Sharp Ears: the European Bac is the final exam in the European Schools (and nowhere else – perhaps you’re getting mixed up with the International Bac?). As Culham is the only European School in the UK, it is not surprising that that it is the only school in the UK to offer the European Bac.

  • MBC

    The police investigation into Salmond ‘continues’. It will continue forever unless the two women making the allegations step forward to say they are false and withdraw them. The trap is sprung. I cannot for the life of me see how a police investigation can be brought on a five year old case which was never reported to police at the time. What evidence can be produced? Zero. A woman alleges Salmond cornered her into his bedroom late at night at Bute House after he had been drinking and forced unwelcome attentions on her short of actual sex. How on earth can an allegation like that either be proved or disproved? It’s at times like this I am glad we have the Not Proven verdict in Scotland.

    • Jo1

      I have posted on Craig’s other article about Salmond on the ongoing police investigation. Given the fallout from the judgement, it seems to me there is scope for the two complainants to be very closely questioned about the original contact they had with MacKinnon prior to her taking on the role of investigating officer. There is simply no doubt that the judgement has damaged this case severely and that may even backfire on the complainants. Will this lead either or both of them to withdraw?

      • MBC

        I can’t understand why the police are now involved. What crime is alleged to have been committed? It was not reported to the police at the time. Rape is not alleged. Why are the police investigating this? Has the law changed? If it has I feel very uncomfortable with the idea of bringing a charge against someone for something they did five years ago at a time when it was not a crime.

        • Jo1

          Well, if you recall, Leslie Evans held a press conference at the time to announce that the findings of the investigation were being passed to police. Within days, of course, bloody great excerpts from her investigation were being published in the Daily Record. Some of the claims alleged inappropriate behaviour by Salmond, so I’m guessing this is the criminality part of it, IE, some sort of sexual assault.

  • freddy

    I wonder what a(n) historian would say looking back at these events. Would he* reasonably explain them without reference to a broader canvas? And, if so, why not?

    These things do not happen in isolation. You can all feel it in the air – tell me I’m wrong!

    *Insert gender-friendly pronoun of your choice (it’s sad I feel I have to even type that)

    • John Goss

      I’m loathe to do a Cassandra but I cannot see any other outcome that when the US bubble that lasted above a century finally bursts the greedy people who have milked their own people, especially their native people, dry will take drastic measures to steal from the new successful economies (Russia and China) by waging war on them. Sorry about the prediction you lovers of all things western.

        • John Goss

          You were not supposed to say that. Cassandra was blessed with the gfit of truthful prophesy but because she would not “let him do it” the God who blessed her, because he could not take away the gift, added a proviso that nobody would ever believe her. Oh well. Myths.

      • Ken Kenn

        The problem with that aim is that the US tends not to fight countries who have arms or are heavily armed.

        So the first thing required is to disarm them first and then bomb the bejesus out of the people.

        The disarming bit will be tricky for the US and they have a history of moaning when anyone hits back.

        Like the playground bully running to the teacher after receiving a bloody nose.

        Asymmetrical War to the US is : We have all the weapons and you have none. Which has always been a mystery to me how a US assault on any given nation is reported a ” War ” by the media as if it were a clash of equals.

        Of course the real dilemma is that China and Russia have a lot of nukes and to them that’s not fair.

        Maybe Trump sacked ‘Mad Dog ‘ because he couldn’t get rid of them for him?

        Doing a lot of armfolding is Donald these days.

    • TroutMaskReplica

      “a(n) historian. It used to depend on whether you pronounced thee “h”. A historian, an ‘istorian. The “n” seperating the two vowel sounds makes it easier to pronounce.
      You could use “would they reasonably explain…”

  • Sharp Ears

    Update from Neil Clark on his case against Kamm.

    Neil Clark
    Sep 30, 2018

    A total of 770 individual contributions have been made to my Anti-Stalker Crowdfund Appeal- and a very big thank you to everyone who has donated. As I said in my last update, on 20th August, following a ’round table’ meeting in London earlier this summer, my High Court legal action is currently ‘stayed’ ie paused temporarily- a process encouraged by the court to help the parties try and reach an agreement. Of course one hopes this matter can be settled in a satisfactory way, but if not, the case will move quite swiftly on to the next stage, namely the pre-trial proceedings during which costs are likely to rise quite sharply. In the meantime legal bills are still coming in and so all donations to my fund, large or small, are hugely appreciated. If the case is settled then all moneys received after settlement will of course be repaid.
    Many thanks again to everyone who has helped me get this far.’

    The court procedure is designed to wear the litigant down so that, in the end, they retreat.

    How can it be settled unless Kamm is found guilty and damages and costs are awarded against him?

    Some background

  • Sharp Ears

    Lothian Council is the worst offender.

    UK councils invest £566m in arms firms linked to Yemen war
    Exclusive: workers’ pensions put into companies implicated in deadly Saudi campaign
    10 Jan 2019

    More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly invested by local authorities in arms companies implicated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, in which thousands of civilians have been killed.

    Council pension funds have sizeable shareholdings in BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, according to nearly 100 freedom of information requests.’

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