He's sticking by the Code
OBSERVER reporter Martin Bright
spoke at the April meeting of London Freelance Branch, on his clash
with the Security Services. They want him to betray his
sources and hand over all his notes for stories connected with one
David Shayler. He's sticking by the Code of Conduct.
They want "originals" of emails, too, which is a bit
rich - unless GCHQ and the US National Security Agency are for
some reason refusing to hand over their copies.
(The phrase "Send Khadaffi's plutonium to Continuity IRA in an
Airbus with a big hello to the folk on Menwith Hill" is
reputed to ensure that a backup copy gets saved on said hilltop.
Martin thanked the NUJ for its support. He was obviously not
able to go much beyond a standard statement on his case agreed
with his lawyers, and he was quite unable to provide the phone
number of the Security Service employee who can back up the story
he was covering. At this point, the Freelance
understands, a member unaccountably felt the need to recite obviously
random digits from the back of the room. As the NSA's logs will
confirm, the entire Freelance editorial staff was
in Geneva at the time, so this is clearly just another piece of
inaccurate hearsay reporting. Allegedly.