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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:12 am

Documents leaked from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre by WikiLeaks depict Britain as a “hub of Islamic activity” and say that the BBC may be part of a "propaganda network" for Al Qaeda.

The documents obtained by the WikiLeaks website show that a phone number of someone at the BBC World Service was found in the phone books and phones of a number of extremists seized by American forces.

According to the Telegraph newspaper, a detainee assessment, dated the 21st April 2007, stated: "The London, United Kingdom (UK), phone number 0044 207 XXX XXXX was discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals.

The number is associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).”

The assessment continues that the American forces uncovered many “extremist links” to this same number, which suggests that extremists may have made contact with BBC employees who were sympathetic to extremists or had information on “ACM [anti-Coalition Militia] operations”.

The BBC number was given in the file of a Saudi who was “assessed to be a member of al-Qaeda, who travelled to Afghanistan to participate in Jihad”.

It says: “Many of the telephone numbers in his pocket litter have been associated with multiple ACM personnel, indicating he may have played a greater role in multiple activities than previously assessed.”

In September 2006 the BBC’s then-chairman Michael Grade organised an “impartiality summit” in order to assess whether there was a left-leaning bias at the broadcaster.

An account of the meeting later showed that the executives at the BBC said that they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden if they were given the opportunity so that he could explain his views!

The possible link between extremism and staff at the BBC is disgraceful considering that the BBC is supposed to be impartial. (Although their treatment of the BNP shows, of course, that we know they are not!)

A BBC spokesperson said: "Independence and impartiality are at the heart of all BBC World Service output.

The service has interviewed representatives of organisations from all sides involved in the Afghan conflict so it would not be surprising that a number believed to relate to the BBC Pashto service was in circulation."

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