On trial for war crimes – Tony Blair’s former allies

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 12 April 2023 Four members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) are being tried at The Hague for war crimes during the 1999 conflict over Kosovo. In that war, the KLA was seen by the UK as terrorists but was covertly and overtly supported by the Labour government. NATO’s bombing […]

How the UK media misinforms us about ‘counter-disinformation’ operations

by John McEvoy and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 5 April 2023 Britain’s media routinely quote private groups countering Russian and other disinformation without saying they are funded by the UK government and directed by people linked to the UK or US foreign policy establishment. The UK government has poured over £25m into private “counter-disinformation” organisations since January […]

UK Foreign Office gives millions to ‘counter-disinformation’ groups

by John McEvoy and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 4 April 2023 The government has provided over £25m to organisations targeting “disinformation”, some of which are directed by former members of the British and US foreign policy establishment and are focused overwhelmingly on official enemies. The UK Foreign Office has poured at least £25m into the […]

Manchester Arena inquiry lets David Cameron off the hook

Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 3 March 2023 The final report from the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terrorist attack fails to address any of the key questions about the bomber’s connections to the UK military and intelligence services. The bereaved families have been let down. The final inquiry report, published on Thursday, […]

Former UN envoy to Yemen linked to businessman who worked in Saudi and UAE energy

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 22 February 2023 Martin Griffiths, now the UN’s humanitarian chief, co-founded his personal consultancy with the vice-president of an energy firm which has worked on multi-million pound projects in the states leading the bombing campaign in Yemen. The former UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has […]

The UK’s 83 military interventions around the world since 1945

Britain has deployed its armed forces for combat over 80 times in 47 countries since the end of the Second World War, in episodes ranging from brutal colonial wars and covert operations to efforts to prop up favoured governments or to deter civil unrest The British military has used or threatened to use military force […]

UK loaned military adviser to British UN envoy

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 6 January 2023 The Ministry of Defence seconded a military officer to work with UN special envoy Martin Griffiths while British special forces were involved in the Yemen war, Declassified has discovered. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) secretively seconded a military officer to Yemen in 2019, […]

Former UN envoy to Yemen linked to MI6, a party to the war

by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 5 January 2023 Martin Griffiths, a Briton who now runs the United Nations’ humanitarian work, co-founded and advises a private conflict resolution company that “works closely” with MI6. He was until recently the UN special envoy to Yemen. The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, was […]

Cambridge University’s course for spooks

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 13 December 2022 A former MI6 chief and an ex-CIA officer are offering a programme for budding intelligence practitioners at Magdalene College, Cambridge – one of several UK universities with links to British intelligence. The Cambridge Security Initiative (CSI), an organisation founded and chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove – the […]

11 years after toppling Gaddafi, UK gets Libya’s oil

by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 29 November 2022 British oil giants BP and Shell are returning to the oil-rich north African country just over a decade after the UK plunged it into chaos in its 2011 military intervention, which the British government never admitted was a war for oil. Last month Libya’s National Oil Corporation […]