Britain’s secret Saudi military support programme

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis Published in The Daily Maverick, 27 September 2019   The UK’s Ministry of Defence has mistakenly admitted for the first time the cost of a secret multibillion-pound programme it manages for the Saudi Arabian royal family’s de facto protection force, which is also active in the devastating war in […]

British government continues to aid repression in human rights-abusing countries, new data shows

by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard Published in The Daily Maverick, 20 September 2019   The British government is continuing to approve the export of hi-tech surveillance equipment and software of the type that is being used by states abusing human rights to monitor and repress dissent, new government figures show. The government’s exports of […]

Britain’s seven covert wars: An Explainer

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard Published in The Daily Maverick, 17 September 2019   The United Kingdom is fighting at least seven covert wars largely outside parliamentary or democratic oversight. The British government states that its policy on the covert wars it fights is “not to comment, and to dissuade others from commenting or […]

How the UK Security Services neutralised the country’s leading liberal newspaper

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis Published in The Daily Maverick, 11 September 2019   The Guardian, Britain’s leading liberal newspaper with a global reputation for independent and critical journalism, has been successfully targeted by security agencies to neutralise its adversarial reporting of the ‘security state’, according to newly released documents and evidence from former […]

Malcolm Macdonald, High Commissioner, Lusaka, to Commonwealth Office, February 1967

“The time has arrived when we should consciously guide this greatly expanded Commonwealth towards fulfilling a definite purpose, and perhaps a great destiny, in contemporary and future human affairs”. The Commonwealth’s composition could give it a powerful influence “in resolving widely the inter-racial problems” of the next couple of generations. “It is true that at […]

FCO paper, PC (70)12, ‘North V. South’, December 1970

Cover note states: this “considers the future of the gap between the developed and the developing countries and its implications for British policies”. Paper. It is unlikely that a general coordinated North/South struggle will take place but “countries or organisations in the South might succeed in disrupting ordered life in the developed world and in […]

FCO, East African Department paper, ‘Africa: Arms Supply Policy’, October 1975

Cover note: this paper analyses the “disadvantages under which we operate in Africa due to our inability, in contrast to the Communist powers, to supply arms on concessionary terms” and the “lack of enthusiasm” in this by the Treasury, Overseas Development Ministry and ECGD. Paper. “With rare exceptions, British policy in Africa has been to […]

Africa (general): Declassified

Documents FCO, Planning Staff draft paper, “British objectives and priorities in Africa South of the Sahara, 1976-80”, November 1975  (click here) FCO, East African Department paper, ‘Africa: Arms Supply Policy’, October 1975 (click here) FCO paper, PC (70)12, ‘North V. South’, December 1970 (click here) Malcolm Macdonald, High Commissioner, Lusaka, to Commonwealth Office, February 1967 […]

South Africa: Declassified

Documents FCO, Planning Staff draft paper, “British objectives and priorities in Africa South of the Sahara, 1976-80”, November 1975 (click here) ‘Mandela “furious” at adviser after Thatcher meeting vetoed’ (US Embassy, South Africa, 28 November 2010) Articles Apartheid ‘Clinton Envy, Mandela and a Horse: Glimpses From the U.K. Archives‘ (New York Times, 28 December 2018) ‘Queen […]

Intelligence/GCHQ: Declassified

Articles ‘What has Wikileaks revealed about David Cameron and the Conservatives?‘ (Defend Wikileaks, 2019) ‘What has Wikileaks revealed about the Blair and Brown governments?‘ (Defend Wikileaks, 2019) ‘MI6’s secret “multi-million pound” Cold War slush fund’ (BBC, 20 November 2017) ‘Snowden files reveal US and UK spied on feeds from Israeli drones and jets‘ (Guardian, 29 January 2016) ‘Secret […]