Why Did Murray Speak Out?

by Nathan Hamm on 10/31/2004 · 2 comments

He says he may die soon.

Murray says he has a serious medical condition and expects to be dead within five years. Because of his affliction, the 45-year-old, who spent his childhood in South Queensferry, feels he has nothing to lose and intends to go down guns blazing, taking with him his former colleagues at the Foreign Office and Jack Straw, the foreign secretary.

Murray has enlisted the help of Gareth Peirce, the leading human rights lawyer, who has represented the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four, to sue the Foreign Office for damages over false allegations that he demanded sex for visas, drank to excess and drove an embassy car down a flight of steps.

According to friends, Murray will claim that the charges were an attempt to smear his reputation and force him out of his job. Furthermore, he will argue that the “vexatious” allegations, caused the incurable heart condition.

“I have pulmonary hypertension, a condition which requires an excessive amount of pressure to force blood through the lungs, which has led to a 20% enlargement of the valve on the top right heart valve,” he says. “Last November I developed pulmonary emboli which almost killed me. They were caused by stress and have, in turn, caused the hypertension.

“I could be here in 20 years’ time but nobody is going to bet on it.”

His friends are less sanguine. “He knows he may have only three to five years to live and this has made him determined to get to the bottom of what went on behind the scenes as soon as possible,” says one.

“The Foreign Office brought vexatious disciplinary charges against Craig, which were exaggerated beyond all measure. Stress levels were upped in order to force Craig to resign and have caused significant damage to his health. All this was done in order to silence his views on human rights and the use of torture to obtain intelligence.”

Pardon me, but I’m not quite buying the drama of the story. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association says that with modern treatment regimens, some patients live 15-20 years. Murray developed the condition after his embolism last year and that the embolism was caused by stress that he charges came from higher-ups.

Looking back at details of the whole affair, it is important to remember other things that happened prior to his embolism last year. What things? Well, having an affair with a young Uzbek hairdresser and destroying his marriage, for example. I would imagine the post of ambassador comes with enough stress for a man whose passions are “eccentric ties, single malt whisky and Status Quo” that adding on the self-created stresses of an extramarital affair would push Murray over the edge.


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Laurence October 31, 2004 at 7:02 pm

Nathan, I hope Murray’s medical records are released to the public as part of his threatened lawsuit against the Foreign Office. That way, the public will be able to determine whether his charges are those of a sober professional or self-dramatizing paranoid fantasies of a demented alcoholic. At this point, based on partial news accounts, it is impossible to decide for certain…

Tim Newman November 1, 2004 at 12:39 am

From my experience of Uzbek women, they are the last thing a man suffering from stress would need. They are beautfiul all right, but sometimes they could make a saint swear.

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