Thursday, December 21, 2006

John Lennon,enemy of the state

The Lennon Files: The FBI and the Beatle. So the FBI in their infinite wisdom took over 25 years to release some truly innocuous files on John Lennon.... and somehow were supposed to be surprised by this?

Apparently much of intelligence work is looking at open-source data in other words things that even you or I can see. Apparently you can end up with some weird nonsense when you do this is demonstrated by the mistakes in the file. The most interesting section is on the "foreign government" which could have made release of the files much quicker but didn't.
That embarrassment also extends very specifically to the Blair government. According to FBI records, the unnamed "foreign government" was asked for permission to release its documents on Lennon back in September 1997, just a few months after Mr Blair first took office. The foreign government said no, saying that secrecy remained necessary to avoid "serious and demonstrable harm to its sources, which remain sensitive".
What happened to you Tony? You used to be cool.

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