Spot the Difference

13 07 2010

Category: Media, Middle East, Politics

Russian spy Anna Chapman has been speedily deprived of her UK citizenship, but there has been stony silence in relation to the use of false British passports by other members of the Russian spy group.

When it was alleged earlier this year that Israeli agents had used UK passports the reaction was quite different. As the Wall Street Journal noted a few days ago:

At this stage during the Dubai affair in mid-February, the Labour government had already summoned the Israeli ambassador and announced criminal investigations amid furious statements from all political parties. It expelled another Israeli diplomat a month later. The Guardian newspaper ran some 17 articles highlighting the passport accusations.

By contrast, a week into the Russian forgery story, there is not a hint of a diplomatic row between London and Moscow. The Guardian mentioned the fake passport allegations in two articles that lacked the breathless condemnation directed at Israel. The paper’s editorial on the Russian spy-ring ignores the passport angle altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Saucy Spy

6 07 2010

Category: LawMedia, Privacy

Anna Chapman is, allegedly, a Russian spy. She’s also young and  good looking, which makes it acceptable for her British ex-husband to sell intimate photographs of her to a British newspaper and for that newspaper to publish them.

Now that we have laws protecting privacy we still need to counter the idea that someone who is alleged to have done something ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ loses all those rights. They don’t. Read the rest of this entry »