Nato knew terrorists would gain from toppling Gadaffi

Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 29 June 2022 Exclusive: David Cameron kept bombing Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya after the UK military realised a banned terrorist group stood to gain from regime change. Part 3 of Declassified UK’s investigation into the Manchester bombing Britain’s military knew that fighters from an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation […]

Counter-terrorism officials allowed Manchester bomber to operate in Libya war zone

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 28 June 2022 MI5 and Greater Manchester Police had numerous opportunities to stop Salman Abedi gaining military experience and contacts in Libya for years before the 2017 Manchester bombing – but they gave him free rein. Salman Abedi was never detained at UK border despite his known contacts with extremists […]

Manchester bomber was a UK ally

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 27 June 2022 Salman Abedi and his closest family were part of Libyan militias benefitting from British covert military support six years before he murdered 22 people at the Manchester Arena in 2017. He is likely to have been radicalised by his experience. Close friend of Abedi convicted of terrorism […]

Does the Ukraine war mean Britain should increase military spending?

by Paul Rogers and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 18 May 2022 Russia’s poor military performance in its invasion of Ukraine hardly demonstrates the need to increase the UK’s already large defence budget; if anything, it shows the opposite. Last week Russia celebrated Victory Day, marking the end of the Great Patriotic War, its name for […]

Ukraine neo-Nazis pictured with UK-made rocket launchers

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 10 March 2022 Amid ongoing atrocities by Russian forces in Ukraine, far-right resistance groups appear to be in possession of UK-made anti-tank weapons. A Ukrainian neo-Nazi group in the besieged city of Kharkiv is said to have received anti-tank missiles made in Belfast. Images of the controversial […]

Why we refused to comply with the D-Notice committee

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 17 February 2022 A body run by the UK military has asked us to remove part of our story revealing British support for an African dictatorship. Here’s why we said no to its “formal advice” not to publish. Last week I received an email from a body called the DSMA committee asking Declassified to […]

‘CIA sidekick’ gives £2.6m to UK media groups

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 17 January 2022 A US government-funded agency that claims to promote democracy but which helps undermine governments independent of Washington has moved decisively into Britain’s media space since 2016. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has funded groups such as Bellingcat, Index on Censorship, Article 19, Finance Uncovered, […]

Secret ‘CIA-funded’ group linked to UK ministers

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 9 December 2021 Two current ministers and two recent justice ministers have been funded by an opaque transatlantic right-wing group which includes members of the intelligence community. Declassified finds eight current Conservative parliamentarians are associated with the organisation. The group, known as Le Cercle, was described by former Conservative […]

Assange judge is 40 year ‘good friend’ of minister who orchestrated his arrest

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 2 December 2021 Julian Assange’s fate lies in the hands of an appeal judge who is a close friend of Sir Alan Duncan – the former foreign minister who called Assange a “miserable little worm” in parliament. Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, the judge that will soon […]

Conservative bars investigative journalist from party conference

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 1 October 2021 The Conservative Party has refused to grant investigative media outlet Declassified UK access to its annual conference, which will hold a session titled “Is free speech in peril?” Declassified’s chief reporter Phil Miller will not be allowed into the ruling party’s gathering when it starts in Manchester on […]