Britons on trial over US Al-Jazeera bombing memo

April 18, 2007 12:11


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Two men accused of leaking details of a memo in which US President George W. Bush reportedly referred to bombing Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera face trial Wednesday. David Keogh, 49, a former government spokesman, and former parliamentary researcher Leo O'Connor, 42, are accused of violating Britain's Official Secrets Act. Keogh is alleged to have passed the memo to O'Connor between April 15, 2004 and May 29, 2004, prosecutors told a previous hearing. The document was written by a member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's staff to a diplomat. According to Britain's Daily Mirror, Blair argued against Bush's suggestion of bombing Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The newspaper said its sources disagreed on whether Bush's suggestion was serious.

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