Who wrote that FCO advice to No 10 on rendition?
Full marks to Martin Bright for his article in the New Statesman of 23 January 2006  quoting extracts from the advice of Jack Straw’s private secretary, Irfan Siddiq, to Ms Grace Cassy, a private secretary at No. 10 Downing Street, on how best to handle questions about British involvement in the American practice of rendition (both ‘extraordinary’ and ‘ordinary’). Full marks too once again — I seem to be praising it all the time these days for this and that — to Phil’s Actually Existing blog for a penetrating and thought-provoking analysis of the leaked document. And, finally, full marks to the New Staggers itself for putting the full text of the FCO letter, all 20 paragraphs of it, on its website (PDF file).
But I was struck by what could be the implications of a single rogue alphabetical letter in para 19 of the FCO document. Here it is (please scroll down to see it):
[Here it is:]
See what I mean? Could it just possibly suggest an American input into the drafting? The CIA, even? Could Mr Siddiq possibly have saved himself trouble by copying-and-pasting into his letter a formula taken from some document thoughtfully provided by our American cousins, bless ’em? I merely ask the question. O, what a tangled web we weave, / When first we practiCe to deceive…
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