November 23rd, 2005

Chris Keeley

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Al Jazeera London Bureau Chief Responds to Report of British Memo Alleging Bush Wanted to Bomb Network HQ in Doha

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/23/152224

The British government has threatened to use the Official Secrets Act to sue newspapers that publish contents of a leaked memo in which President Bush allegedly discusses bombing the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera. The British newspaper, the Daily Mirror disclosed the memo Tuesday. We speak with the head of Al Jazeera's London bureau, Yousri Fouda as well as British journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger.

The British government has threatened to use the Official Secrets Act to sue newspapers that publish contents of a leaked memo in which President Bush allegedly discusses bombing the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera. The British newspaper the Daily Mirror disclosed the memo Tuesday. The paper based its report on a confidential Downing Street memo that said Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2004 that he wanted to attack Al Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Blair allegedly talked Bush out of the strike, fearing revenge attacks.

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AMY GOODMAN: Well, I thank you both for being with us, John Pilger, British journalist and filmmaker and Yousri Fouda, senior investigative reporter at Al Jazeera. He hosts Top Secret, the network’s London Bureau Chief, co-author of Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Attack the World Has Ever Seen. And I encourage to you go to our website at DemocracyNow.org for full hours with both Yousri Fouda, when he was in Washington, when we had him in the Washington studio, and with John Pilger, the interview we did with him in person. We thank you both for being with us.

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