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Two jailed for revealing memo

Issue No. 2051

On the day Tony Blair resigned last week, two people were jailed for attempting to reveal Blair’s relationship to George Bush and their plans on how to carry out the Iraq war.

David Keogh, a cabinet office communications officer, leaked a secret document about a meeting between Bush and Blair. Keogh wanted to “expose the president as a madman”.

He was jailed for six months for breaking the Official Secrets Act. The man he gave the memo to, Leo O’Connor – a researcher for a Labour MP – was jailed for three months.

In 2005 the Daily Mirror alleged the “top secret” memo recorded a threat by Bush to “unleash ‘military action’ against Al Jazeera”—the Middle Eastern TV station.

Justice Aikens, the trial judge, suggested that the article was “inaccurate about the contents of the letter”.

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Tue 15 May 2007, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2051
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