The British government is being accused of pushing to “censor” the U.S. Senate report on CIA torture to hide its own role in unlawful secret renditions.
Due to be partially declassified in the coming days, the report is said to be the most comprehensive account of the U.S. government’s post 9/11 torture and unlawful detention of people in secret prisons across the globe.
Former British Foreign Secretary William Hague admitted to the legal charity Reprieve that the U.K. government has been engaged in discussions with the U.S. about the information that will be revealed in the report, in what Reprieve charges is a bid to conceal information about British complicity.
“We have made representations to seek assurance that ordinary procedures for clearance of UK material will be followed in the event that UK material provide [sic] to the Senate Committee were to be disclosed,” Hague wrote in a letter to Reprieve, according to a statement released by the charity on Sunday.
“This shows that the UK Government is attempting to censor the US Senate’s torture report,” said Reprieve Director Cori Crider. “In plain English, it is a request to the US to keep Britain’s role in rendition out of the public domain.”
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