Oh yeah, and with reference to Herr BlunKet's new anti-"terrorism" legistlation, notice how it's MI5 the INTERNAL security service which is being enlarged, not MI6 which is the EXTERNAL security service. More fascism by the back door!
British agents spied on the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, in the run-up to the Iraqi war, former international development secretary Clare Short claimed today.
Ms Short made the claim while being interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the implications of the collapse of the Official Secrets Act case against GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun.
Asked whether British agencies had been involved in spying activities against Mr Annan, Ms Short - who quit the cabinet in protest against the war - said: "I know, I have seen transcripts of Kofi Annan's conversations.
"Indeed, I have had conversations with Kofi in the run-up to war thinking 'Oh dear, there will be a transcript of this and people will see what he and I are saying'."
Ms Short was asked whether she believed that British spies had been instructed to carry out operations within the UN on people such as Kofi Annan.
She replied: "Yes, absolutely."
Ms Short was asked whether she knew about such operations when she was in government.
She said: "Absolutely, I read some of the transcripts of the accounts of his conversations."
Asked whether she believed that was legal, she said: "I don't know, I presume so. It is odd, but I don't know about the legalities."
The news is likely to dominate the prime minister's monthly press conference this morning.