David Leigh
Ex-Guardian investigations editor. Professor of journalism, City University, London. On board of IMPRESS. Retweets not endorsements. Opinions purely personal. David Leigh has over 13207 followers on Twitter.
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/ 30 April 2007

UK tries to sabotage BAE bribes inquiry

The United Kingdom is covertly trying to oust the head of the world’s main anti-bribery watchdog to prevent criticism of ministers and Britain’s biggest arms company, BAE, The Guardian has learned. The effort to remove Mark Pieth comes as his organisation has stepped up its investigation into the British government’s decision to kill off a major inquiry into allegations that BAE paid massive bribes to land Saudi arms deals.

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/ 28 September 2005

BAe’s secret £1m to Pinochet

The United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office is expected to launch an investigation into disclosures that the British arms company BAe secretly paid more than £1-million to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The Guardian revealed how BAe had been identified in United States banking records as routing the payments through front companies between 1997 and last year.

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/ 10 March 2005

Brits staff Saudi air force

Almost a third of the British government’s arms sales machine is dedicated to selling to a single regime — Saudi Arabia. A United Kingdom Ministry of Defence publication circulated to defence firms and obtained by The Guardian shows the extent of Saudi dependence on Britain to run its air force. No fewer than 161 of the department’s 600 officials work for the ”Saudi Armed Forces Project”.

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/ 3 November 2004

How tobacco giant squeezed Blair

Documents obtained by The Guardian newspaper reveal how one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, British American Tobacco (BAT), put private pressure on British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a Cabinet minister who wanted to hold an inquiry into allegations that the firm was colluding with criminals. Behind Parliament’s back, the head of BAT obtained access to Blair at a private breakfast.

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/ 11 May 2004

Slush fund: BAE chief implicated

Sir Dick Evans, the retiring chairperson of British Aerospace (BAE) who faced his final shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, has been named in allegations concerning the arms firm’s £60-million ”slush fund”, according to documents seen by The Guardian. ‘Sir Dick’ is fingered by documents that detail gifts to a Saudi prince.

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/ 3 October 2003

Ex-diplomat exposes British spy flaws

A former senior British diplomat on Thursday broke the traditional taboo on discussing British intelligence (MI6) operations to launch a broadside against the United Kingdom intelligence agencies’ failures in the wake of the Hutton inquiry into the death of the British weapons expert Dr David Kelly.