The Daily Telegraph added some tantalizing new details to its reporting on the Liam Fox-Adam Werrity case. Fox, you’ll recall resigned last week as defense minister in the Tory led government. He had allowed a close personal friend to masquerade as a trusted aide in meetings around the world. All the while the friend, Werrity seemed to be carrying on his own personal freelance foreign policy that included, among other things, attempting to topple the Iranian regime à la Michael Ledeen. The difference is that Werrity actually had entre to the British political élite, while Ledeen seems to be a wannabe warrior long removed from his days of influence during the Reagan era.
Now the Telegraph reveals that Werrity and Fox met not just with Mossad agents at a dinner during an anti-Iran security conference held in Herzliya (probably this conference), they actually met with Meir Dagan, Mossad chief at the time:
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Mr Werritty and Dr Fox had a private meeting with the head of Mossad, Israel’s secret service. The meeting may undermine the former defence secretary’s assurances that national security was not jeopardised.
We know that the Mossad is extremely interested in promoting violence, disruption and regime change in Iran. It’s why it has assassinated nuclear scientists and possibly been involved in massive sabotage at Iranian missile facilities and other acts of state sponsored terror. It appears interested as well in supporting the Iranian insurgencies represented by the MEK and Jundallah.
That Dagan would meet with Werrity and Fox to discuss these issues isn’t surprising. Of course, Dagan would want to find out what Werrity knew. Even MI6 appeared interested enough to hold debriefings with Werrity after his return from trips to Iran where he supposedly met with the political opposition. But the real question should be what specifically was discussed in these meetings. Did they discuss regime change? If so, I would think the British government and its citizens would be interested in the fact that someone masquerading as a British government official was jetting around the world in order to foment rebellion in Iran, in contradiction to the official position of the actual government.
Another new development in the story is the addition of yet another Anglo-Jewish fatcat to Werrity’s donor list. The new arrival is Mick Davis, a mining magnate who has been the chair of the British Board of Deputies, the leading body of UK Jewry. He is now chair of the United Jewish Appeal, the leading fundraising body for British Jewry. One of its purposes is to raise funds that support English and Israeli charities. The Guardian reveals that three of Britain’s wealthiest pro-Israel donors gave at least 140,000 pounds to support Werrity’s Bondsian jaunts on behalf of a new pro-Israel world order.
I find it laughable that the government investigation into Werrity’s dealings finds he derived no financial advantage from his relationship with Fox. What do you call those 140,000 pounds? Do you really think six of the most powerful UK British Jewish leaders gave him that money because they thought he was a fine chap? Of course they were wowed by his access to Meir Dagan and Liam Fox. And Werrity used these funds to live in a grand style flying first class in his world travels while staying at the finest luxury hotels. If this isn’t corrupt at the worst and a conflict of interest at the least, then British politics are even more ethically-challenged than I thought.
Ed Benet says
Just a minor point of correction: the ‘government investigation’ into the Werrity/Fox relationship claimed that Fox did not gain financially from the relationship. There is an ongoing police enquiry as to whether Werrity gained financially from misrepresenting his relationship with Fox, thereby committing fraud. I have only recently discovered this blog, and how refreshing it is to find a liberal, independent viewpoint on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Keep up the good work.
Richard Silverstein says
Thanks for the correction.
“The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Mr Werritty and Dr Fox had a private meeting with the head of Mossad, Israel’s secret service. The meeting may undermine the former defence secretary’s assurances that national security was not jeopardised.” QUESTION: if Mr. Werritty is suspected of having un-allowed contacts outside government, of sharing UK-government-secrets with people who UK thinks should not enjoy such sharing, WHO IS TO SAY that Minister Fox might not have done THE SAME? I mean to ask, where, precisely, does the vast importance of Mr. Werritty’s presence come from? (And don’t US officials leak secrets, too?)
Speaking of MEK, the Iranian Mehr news agency claims Ali Shakuri is a key member of MEK, not of the Quds Force. Iran links dissident group to Saudi ambassador assassination plot.
Justin Raimondo explains how this is also a homosexual scandal. (I thought, reading the Financial Times articles in recent days, that they were curiously stressing the closeness of the relationship between Fox and Werrity.)
Richard Silverstein says
It was the first thing I thought of when I read about how chummy they were. But I’ve seen nothing that confirmed that. Raimondo’s claims are based on innuendo not evidence, or certainly not much evidence.
“It’s why it has assassinated nuclear scientists and possibly been involved in massive sabotage at Iranian missile facilities and other acts of state sponsored terror.”
And don’t forget about sabotage via Stuxnet the weapon of the future. Stuxnet is breeding by the way.:
Is there a more effective espionage, disrupt and control weapon than this? The temptation to use it against other countries was naturally just too irresistible.
Absolute corruption. How does one fight this?
Thought you might find the comments regarding “Son of Stuxnet” on this link interesting (albeit it’s indirect connection to the topic). Here’s a sample:
“Within 30 minutes of the CEO of opening a malicious phishing email [in a DHS training drill]…hackers had pillaged company documents, snuck in to IP-based surveillance cameras and…had taken control and maliciously overrode safety features…in order to turn valves, start pumps and cause a toxic chemical spill. In…the hands of skilled hackers, industrial destruction really is as easy as point, click, destroy.”
Evil unleashed on the world. This is like the nuke genie. Thank you Israel and God help you. (Forgive my justified snarky contempt.)
Fred Plester says
“Self styled” is putting it rather politely. This man has endangered the lives of real people by pretending that he was coordinating “resistance” groups, thus ensuring that almost anyone he met in Tehran will come under suspicion from a regime not at all shy of hanging people.
MoD civil servants and senior military officers wanted Werrity stopped/sacked/drowned almost from Fox’s appointment as Defence Secretary, Cameron and Steve Hilton blocked any action, then demanded “detailed reports” when all the things they were warned of duly happened.
Werrity is still being kept at a safe house by Tory Party supporters, to keep him out of the hands of the press, and the legality of this is more than questionable. In the absence, so far, of criminal charges, the public is entitled to confirmation that Mr Werrrity consents to be wherever he is, under control of whoever’s stopping him speaking to anyone.
I wouldn’t get distracted by gossip about sexuality if I were you: the party would prefer almost any sex scandal to a detailed and sober article about what Werrity has actually done: fraud and putting lives in danger. The business cards do not merely state that Werrity was Dr Fox’s advisor when, officially, he wasn’t: they have Parliament’s Royal Badge on.