By former UK Ambassador Craig Murray, April 28, 2018
Ambassador Murray quit Her Majesty’s Foreign Service at the height of his early career because it condoned torture by Uzbek thugs doing the bidding of CIA thugs. The British Establishment did all it could to award Murray pariah status — with steadily diminishing success. In contrast, Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) presented Amb. Murray in 2005 with its annual Sam Adams Award. ( See:
It is particularly good to see Clive Ponting back in the public eye. For those unaware of Ponting’s own courageous whistleblowing, it had to do with the torpedoing and sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano by a UK submarine on May 2, 1982 during the Falklands War.
In July 1984 Clive Ponting, at the time a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defense, sent two classified documents to a Labour MP, showing that the General Belgrano was well outside the “exclusion zone” declared by the British, when then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered the attack anyway. Of those aboard, 323 were killed.
Ponting admitted revealing the information and was charged with a criminal offense under the Official Secrets Act. He argued that his leak was in the public interest, but fully expected to end up in prison. The jury acquitted him. Ponting has since authored several books on British and world history.
Full disclosure: Craig Murray is not only an unrelenting pursuer of the truth, he is a close friend of Ray.