The British ambassador who supported a coup

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Declassified UK, 30 March 2021 Britain’s ambassador to Bolivia, Jeff Glekin, played a personal role in events leading up to the 2019 military-backed coup that deposed the country’s democratically-elected president, Evo Morales — and strongly supported the new regime as it carried out two massacres of unarmed protesters, Declassified […]

Charles of Arabia: How Britain’s next king bolsters autocratic Gulf regimes

By Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 24 February 2021 The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has held 95 meetings with eight repressive monarchies in the Middle East since the ‘Arab Spring’ protests of 2011 threatened their power. Charles has played a key role in promoting £14.5-billion worth of UK arms exports […]

Revealed: Dozens of UK former senior officials profit from fossil fuel corporations, rubber-stamped by Whitehall committee

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 4 February 2021 New research finds that dozens of senior UK defence, foreign office and intelligence officials find employment with oil, gas and mining corporations once they leave public office, rubber-stamped by a Whitehall committee which pays little attention to potential conflicts of interest. Such private profiting from energy companies […]

Sky News acts largely as a platform for the UK defence and foreign ministries, research finds

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 1 February 2021 Declassified UK’s analysis of the written outputs of three of Sky News’ principal foreign affairs journalists has found that the media outlet acts largely to amplify the views of the British Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office, while rarely offering critical, independent analysis. A study by Declassified, […]

The Ministry of Defence blacklisted Declassified – but won’t admit it

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 11 December 2020 A UK government review into how the Ministry of Defence (MOD) handled relations with the organisation I edit, Declassified UK, concludes the MOD “did not have a policy” of blacklisting us, despite providing evidence that it did. It reveals a deep problem in UK governance – that […]

More than two dozen Saudi Typhoon pilots trained in Britain

By Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 October 2020 Britain’s Royal Air Force has trained 25 pilots from Saudi Arabia how to fly the powerful Typhoon jet and continues to provide instruction on using missiles involved in devastating attacks on civilians in Yemen. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has taught 25 Saudi Typhoon jet pilots […]

Revealed: Key Assange prosecution witness is part of academic cluster which has received millions of pounds from UK and US militaries

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 2 October 2020 One of the US prosecution’s key witnesses in the Julian Assange hearing, who claimed that Assange’s risk of suicide is “manageable” if extradited to the US, works for an academic institute that is funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and linked to the […]

British training of Saudi pilots continues amid bombing of Yemen

Phil Miller, Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 23 September 2020 UK defence minister admits that training of Saudi Typhoon pilots is continuing despite Riyadh using these British-made jets to conduct airstrikes in Yemen, a country on the brink of famine. Up to nine Saudi pilots currently training in UK Most recent Saudi aircrew […]

As British judge made rulings against Julian Assange, her husband was involved with right-wing lobby group briefing against WikiLeaks founder

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 4 September 2020 As British judge made rulings against Julian Assange, her husband was involved with right-wing lobby group briefing against WikiLeaks founder Westminster chief magistrate Lady Emma Arbuthnot made two key legal rulings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in February 2018, which ensured he would not […]

Belarus military has received assistance from the UK a dozen times in last five years

By Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 20 August 2020 The UK military has been quietly building links with the Belarusian armed forces, including providing urban warfare training, despite the British government’s public criticism of Europe’s last dictator, Declassified UK has found.  The revelation comes amid massive pro-democracy protests in the Belarusian capital, Minsk […]