As Peter Wright confirmed in his book Spycatcher, [Prime Minister] Wilson was the victim of a protracted, illegal campaign of destabilisation by a rogue element in the security services. Prompted by CIA fears that Wilson was a Soviet agent – put in place after the KGB had, the spooks believed, poisoned Hugh Gaitskell, the previous Labour leader – these MI5 men burgled the homes of the prime minister’s aides, bugged their phones and spread black, anti-Wilson propaganda throughout the media. They tried to pin all kinds of nonsense on him: that his devoted political secretary, Marcia Williams, posed a threat to national security; that he was a closet IRA sympathiser.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Think it fanciful? The BBC didn’t…it made a film about it...’The Plot Against Harold Wilson’…
When the story broke that Donald Trump repeated a Fox News report hat he had been possibly spied upon by GCHQ on behalf of the CIA [Obama] the BBC treated it all as a joke, a non-story, one that didn’t need any investigation…they didn’t care whether it was true or not, they were going to use it as an example of Trump’s madness, his paranoia or indeed an example of his machiavellian use of ‘fake news’ to manipulate the news narrative and attack his enemies.
On Friday we had an ex-director of GCHQ [08:26] on to defend GCHQ…guess what?, he defended GCHQ and thought Trump was bonkers..and spreading fake news [almost as if he was reading from an agreed BBC script]…the BBC had no other commentator or analyst on to provide balance and impartial, reasoned commentary. Saturday we had a professor on [08:50], a supposed expert on such matters, he too poured scorn onto Trump and told us that the Trust implicit in our relationship with the US meant we couldn’t possibly spy on the US…but of course we wouldn’t be spying on the US just on Trump….just as the CIA operates in the UK spying on Muslims.
The BBC made no attempt to find a counter voice…no one to point out that the US had spied on allies for decades…including the German Chancellors, their Prime Ministers…Merkel included., who had their phones tapped….and that German Intelligence had co-operated in many ways with such operations.
President Barack Obama was told about monitoring of German Chancellor in 2010 and allowed it to continue, says German newspaper
How can the BBC fail to make that very, very apt point instead of laughing it all off? Did Barack Obama also ‘approve’ tapping Trump’s phone?
The BBC failed to point out the rather obvious fact that the US intelligence services were investigating Trump and his associates for any links to Russia…which, it might be added, they haven’t found.
The BBC happily reported as completely credible the dodgy dossier made up by an ex-MI5 agent that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on the bed that Obama had slept in in a Russian hotel..and yet make no effort to actually do any real journalism to investigate the claims about GCHQ co-operating with the US intelligence services to track Trump in order to undermine his election campaign.
Regardless of the truth of the story the BBC failed to do its job…it wasn’t in the slightest concerned about establishing the truth but instead eagerly sought to mock and demonise Trump….as you can see from the Wilson story, CIA and British Intelligence can and do co-operate in carrying out political assassinations….Trump must have been a prime target to prevent him getting the Presidency…who can doubt that? How can the BBC fail to make the obvious comaprison with what happened to Wilson….or is that just BBC fake news?
Saturday we also had PJ O’Rourke on the Today show….solely to deliver an anti-Trump screed with no voice to defend Trump at all. Usual BBC impartiality.