Thursday, February 26

It Wasn't Spying 

We were just listening in with our British pals to the activities of the head of the UN without permission. No big deal.

"British spies conducted surveillance on United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's office during the intense diplomatic struggle over whether to invade Iraq, a former cabinet minister alleged on Thursday.

Clare Short, who resigned in protest after the invasion, said she had seen transcripts of Annans conversations in the weeks before the war, which was launched last March.

'The U.K. in this time was also getting spies on Kofi Annan's office and getting reports from him about what was going on,' Short told BBC radio. 'These things are done, and in the case of Kofi's office it was being done for some time.'

Asked about Britain's role in the eavesdropping, she replied; 'Well I know - I've seen transcripts of Kofi Annan's conversations.'

She added: 'In fact, I have had conversations with Kofi in the run-up to the war thinking, 'oh dear, there will be a transcript of this and people will see what he and I are saying'.' "

See, if we don't know what they are saying, we can't manipulate them. How are we supposed to win if we don't have a sneaky, under-the-table, advantage? We've spent 40 plus years devising ways to not play fair, becuase we lose when we play fair.

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