By David Swanson, Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), published September 6, 2016.
Craig Murray, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004, was forced out of public service because of his exposing the use of torture by Britain’s Uzbek allies, including the U.S. In 2006, Murray was awarded the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence and this year will be awarding John Kiriakou the same award.
When Craig Murray was given the award in 2006, the citation included, “Mr. Murray learned that the intelligence authorities of the UK and the US were receiving and using information extracted by the most sadistic methods of torture by Uzbek authorities. He protested strongly to London, to no avail. He was forced out of the British Foreign Office, but has no regrets. There are more important things than career…Mr. Murray’s light has pierced a thick cloud of denial and deception. He has set a courageous example for those officials of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ who have first-hand knowledge of the inhuman practices involved in the so-called ‘war on terror’ but who have not yet been able to find their voice.”
Shocking news is that Mr. Murray has been denied entry into the U.S. without a visa that is usually allowed to UK citizens. There seems to be no other explanation except for his involvement in revealing torture tactics used by the U.S. and UK in extracting information in intelligence matters.
Kevin Gosztola also reports in ShadowProof on September 6, 2016, that a long list of whistleblowers, including Bill Binny, Thomas Drake, Diane Roark, Kirk Wiebe, Coleen Rowley, Matthew How, Peter Van Buren and John Kiriakou and more have signed a statement condemning the U.S. government’s actions of denying Craig Murray entrance into the U.S. without a visa.