British Ambassador Protests UK Use of Uzbek Intelligence

by Laurence on 10/10/2004

Here’a an intersting item from The Financial Times by Stefan Wagstyl:

Craig Murray, ambassador to Uzbekistan, has protested over the government’s use of intelligence information obtained under torture.

Uzbek officials are torturing prisoners to extract information, which is supplied to the US and passed through its Central Intelligence Agency to the UK, says Mr Murray in a confidential Foreign Office report seen by the Financial Times.

“Tortured dupes are forced to sign confessions showing what the Uzbek government wants the US and UK to believe – that they and we are fighting the same war against terror . . . This is morally, legally and practically wrong,” he says.

Mr Murray’s criticisms could prompt new questions about the use of intelligence obtained from prisoners elsewhere, including US-held detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Murray says use of Uzbek intelligence exposes as “hypocritical” the condemnations of ill-treatment of prisoners in the US-controlled jail in Abu Ghraib in Iraq and “fatally undermines our moral standing”.

Here’s a question Murray doesn’t answer: Is Uzbek intelligence accurate?


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