Lifelong diplomat Craig Murray had a career-ending experience as “Our Man in Tashkent” when he reported widespread use of torture and other malpractice by the ruling authorities in Uzbekistan.
He came unstuck when he sought support from his bosses in London, and particularly the then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw.
Murray’s tale is not for the weak-hearted or for people who support the actions of those whistle-blowers who speak out when they see wrong-doing, expecting to be backed by their bosses.
Here the former UK Ambassador recounts his experience to Derek Bateman, examining the legacy of New Labour legacy in a week when revelations about state-sanctioned torture by the CIA under Bush /Cheney further threatens the reputation of the Blair government.
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