(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Final volumes of the diaries of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and Strategy show media mogul Rupert Murdoch urged Blair not to delay the invasion of Iraq.
Former Number 10 spin-doctor Alistair Campbell’s diaries revealed that Murdoch called Blair in March 2003 on three occasions, just days before a vote in the House of Commons over invading Iraq.
Campbell’s diaries show that Murdoch was lobbying Blair on behalf of former US President George W Bush, reported The Mail.
“Both TB and I felt it was prompted by Washington and another example of their over-crude diplomacy. Murdoch was pushing all the Republican buttons, how the longer we waited the harder it got”, said Campbell.
Last month, while Blair was giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry over his links with Murdoch and his media empire, a protester managed to enter the courtroom and demanded Blair’s arrest for war crimes.
“This man should be arrested for war crimes. JP Morgan paid him off for the Iraq war; three months after we invaded Iraq they held up the Iraq bank for £20bn. He was then paid $6m every year, and still is, from JP Morgan, six months after he left office. The man is a war criminal,” said the protester.
In November last year, a symbolic tribunal in Malaysia ruled unanimously that Bush and Blair were guilty of “crimes against peace” for invading Iraq in 2003.