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Saturday, July 08, 2006 

Craig Murray threatened again by Foreign & Commonwealth office.

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has just published his book, Murder in Samarkand. As he was barred from printing the supporting evidence in the actual book, he has put the documents up on his website. On the same day as he did, he received a letter alleging he was breaching copyright by doing so. Apparently, even though documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act are then in the public domain, they cannot be published without permission as they remain the copyright of the Crown. This seems to be a rather convenient law in this case, as the Guardian and other newspapers have published documents obtained under the FoI on their websites with no problems.

Still, as is becoming increasingly clear in the internet age, such arcane and disgraceful rulings often turn out to be unenforcable.

Obsolete mirrors the documents, in a zip file, here. You can also jump on the torrent hosted by Dahr Jamail.

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well his career is officially and totally beyond repair

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