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  • Monday, June 27, 2005

    Ministers block release of Belgrano documents

    The Guardian reports on a cover up over the decision to "sink the Belgrano":

    The cover-up by the Thatcher government over the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the Belgrano prompted Clive Ponting, a senior Ministry of Defence official, to send documents to the Labour MP, Tam Dalyell. Mr Ponting was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act and was acquitted by an Old Bailey jury in 1985. It emerged during the trial that one of Mr Ponting's colleagues, Michael Legge, warned ministers that the "appropriate warning" about a change in the rules of engagement on May 2 1982 - to allow attacks on the Belgrano and any other Argentine warship "over a large area" - was not issued until May 7. It was claimed that rules of engagement would have allowed attacks on Argentine destroyers picking up survivors. Mr Ponting was also concerned about ministers refusing to reveal the time the Belgrano was first detected and the direction it was heading when it was sunk.
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    7 Comments:

    At 6/27/2005 05:47:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The Times" has a story on this too.
    Not sure I understand the fuss, we were at war with them after they invaded the Falklands so we sunk the ship. who cares ?

     
    At 6/30/2005 08:00:00 am, Blogger Jez said...

    you obviously have very detailed knowledge about the rules of engagement. By the way, what was 'your' role in the Falklands/Malvinas war?

     
    At 6/30/2005 11:49:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Anonymous, care to answer Jez's point?

    Personally, i'm not sure of the rules of engagement in this case, although I do remember reading quite some time ago rather a lot about the Belgrano, and remember feeling that it was a mistake to give that order.

     
    At 7/01/2005 03:15:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When at war one fights to win, a fact too many politicians forget.
    It's like someone assaulting you in the street, you don't go all Monty Python and say "You can't do that old chap, it's against the rules", no - you fight and scratch and kick and claw until your attacker is down and out, otherwise YOU may be the one who's down and out.

     
    At 7/01/2005 10:55:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Would you support war crimes to win?

     
    At 7/02/2005 08:58:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Who defines war crimes ?

     
    At 7/03/2005 12:32:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    The law defines war crimes, nitwit. Get informed or begone!

     

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