UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Knowledge of British complicity in torture likely at top of Government

Press Release   •   Feb 15, 2010 10:24 GMT

“Knowledge of Britain’s potential complicity in torture looks likely to have gone to the very top of Government," said the Liberal Democrat Leader.

Commenting on the Alan Johnson and David Miliband’s response to allegations of British collusion in torture, Nick Clegg said:

“David Miliband and Alan Johnson’s letter on torture raises far more questions than it answers.

“We must know who in Britain knew the US had changed the rules on torture, when they knew and what action they took.

“We can only conclude that the security services either kept the information to themselves, or they informed ministers who failed to act immediately. Both of these would suggest at best a cover-up and at worst collusion in torture.

“Knowledge of Britain’s potential complicity in torture looks likely to have gone to the very top of Government. Miliband and Johnson may be trying to distance themselves, but there are serious questions to answer for those who were in charge at the time America changed the rules.”