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  •  Having done more thinking (4+ / 0-)
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    The second charge may not just be a problem for Brooks, Kay and the MOD official.

    Bettina Jordan-Barber works out of the administrative centre of the British Army at Upavon according to some sources, And the charges cover illegal payments over a period of  more than five years (2003 - 2009) and in 2010 she became the "Afghanistan visits strategy officer" now this post would necessarily involve liasing with officials from other nations. According to the MOD's website one of the reasons for needing Developed Vetting (dv) status (that status that Andy Coulson failed to have at number 10) is "in order to satisfy requirements for access to material originating from other countries and international organisations". Part of the process involves examining the individuals finances, and DV status has to be renewed every five years.

    Now it appears either she would have needed DV status on taking up this new post, or must already have had it for her previous post. In either of these cases the MOD's investigators must have somehow missed large payments from News International to Ms Jordan-Barber. Someone in the Ministry is probably facing some very awkward questions.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:52:42 AM PST

    •  Brown envelopes? (1+ / 0-)
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      Creosote

      Maybe they used the "Geoffrey Archer money transfer service"  - envelopes stuffed with wads of notes handed over at a main line rail terminus.

      "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:54:25 PM PST

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      •  a story (1+ / 0-)
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        Creosote

        there were some interesting Murdoch related newspaper industry rumors about. However its almost certainly conspiracy theory nonsense and would result in at least four major Libel cases if they were repeated

        Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

        by ceebs on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:26:50 AM PST

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    •  Just adding this Steve Bell cartoon (0+ / 0-)

      of November 20, with what a Yank would guess to be a 'nice horsey' motif.

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