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Dr Liam Fox was our former Defence Minister.  Known for his hardline, neoconservative views and outspoken support of Israel, the USA and Sri Lanka.

It also turns out he may have been an unwitting intelligence asset for foreign powers.

Enter Adam Werritty.  A friend of Liam Fox, despite their difference in ages, they have a relationship with each other which has promoted much double entendres in the press, not at least because Werritty once lived in Fox's apartment for several months at a time (on the taxpayer's dime), their similar dress sense and the way they always seemed to meet up when travelling abroad.

Who is Adam Werritty?  Well, when Liam Fox was the shadow minister for health, Werritty was a health management consultant.  When Fox became defence minister, Werritty became a consultant on defence issues.  He was also employed by the Atlantic Bridge, a neoconservative "charity"/propaganda outlet, which somehow paid for Werritty to roam the world, until the Bridge was shut down under violations of UK charity laws.

Werrity's business card described him as a "Special Advisor to Liam Fox", despite the fact he had never one been vetted by the MoD.  He frequently sat in on meetings that Liam Fox was holding, again despite not having a security clearance.

And despite having no clear job or means of income, Werritty still managed to afford to travel the world, meeting the powerful and influential in places like Dubai.  It was later disclosed that Werritty's income came from "private donors".

So far, the mainstream British press has relied on the old canard of corruption in high places and lobbyists with undue influence as their chosen talking points, despite the fact that the MoD actually suspects Werritty is the agent of a foreign power - possibly Israel or America - there to keep a check on the Defence Minister and have access to his meetings and schedule (Werritty did, in fact, have access to Liam Fox's diary, which includes all of his meetings, both with foreign politicians and security officials, as well as with domestic ones).

However, the spy angle looks like it has just cracked.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-foxs-best-man-and-his-ties-to-irans-opposition-2371352.html

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The self-styled adviser to Mr Fox, whose close personal friendship with the former defence secretary led to Mr Fox's downfall, has visited Iran on several occasions and met Iranian opposition groups in Washington and London over the past few years, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.

Mr Werritty, 33, has been debriefed by MI6 about his travels and is so highly regarded by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad who thought he was Mr Fox's chief of staff that he was able to arrange meetings at the highest levels of the Israeli government, multiple sources have told The IoS.

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Yet the access to senior government figures Mr Werritty enjoyed across the globe suggests otherwise. Mr Werritty, said one source, worked closely with US-backed neocons who thought they could "bring down Ahmadinejad".

Even though such a plot would be highly ambitious, if not impossible, Mr Werritty's activities fly in the face of the British Government's efforts to pursue a diplomatic solution, through the UN, to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Mr Werritty joined Mr Fox, while he was shadow defence secretary, on a visit to Iran in the summer of 2007. The IoS understands the adviser has also visited the country on several occasions before and after, although it is not known how long he stayed or whom he met.

Mr Fox is an enthusiastic Atlanticist and is sympathetic to the neocon movement in the United States, which takes a hawkish stance on Iran's nuclear ambitions, although on his 2007 visit to the country he said he hoped for a "diplomatic solution" to the issue. An associate said that Mr Werritty, who can speak some Farsi, would act as a "facilitator" and "take messages" between various opposition figures, although the source insisted he was not a "freelance spy". One diplomatic source suggested that Mr Werritty, once back in London, had been debriefed by MI6 about his travels to Iran. It is not known whether Mr Fox knew the full extent of Mr Werritty's activities, or whether he was merely allowed to continue, and provide information to the British Government on an unofficial basis.

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Re: So, there was thing involving a man named Fox and a man named Werrity...
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011, 02:31:57 pm »
A British blogger echoes my own thoughts on this:

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For my next trick, what parallels do you see between Werritty's role with Liam Fox and those of Andy Coulson and Neil Wallis with No.10 Downing Street and the Metropolitan Police (and of course the Conservative Central Office) respectively? Remember that both of them were at various times funded by third parties. Further, is it not interesting that the same key Conservatives who defended Coulson to the bitter end - George Osborne and Michael Gove - also tried to save Liam Fox? (Jonathan Freedland seems to have sensed something here - check out the reference to "Cheneyite Tories".) And is it not even more interesting that George Osborne actually recommended Andy Coulson for the job? And is it not completely fucking outrageous that William Hague, Atlantic Bridge board member and Foreign Secretary (I think this is the right order of precedence), dares to claim that proper Cabinet government is back in the midst of this berserk threat-chaos?

The Tories have done more in one year to pull back the curtain on the real power brokers in UK politics than Blair did in his whole first term.  We weren't getting prime, international intrigue like this from Blair until after the Iraq War, at the very least.

It appears there is a whole structure of parallel government, made up of those who have access to the inside, helpfully provided by (usually) neoconservative nuts with international connections, but who are not covered by government vetting procedures and disclosure rules, who are in turn tools of powerful vested interests - or manipulated by those who can plausibly claim to pursue the same goals as those powerful, vested interests.  For instance, in the case of Michael Ledeen, which the above blogger discusses as a proto-Werritty, it seems clear now that the Iranian intelligence agencies supplied the Niger documents to him, which helped justify the war against Iraq.

And it turns out Werritty was running around Iran, talking to "dissidents" as well, and presumably feeding all this information directly to his paid backers, and probably Liam Fox as well.  Are we sure they were actually dissidents, and not Iranian spies feeding Werritty a line of bullshit, manipulating his perceptions of Middle Eastern events and so making the parallel governmental structure believe what they want them to, instead of what is actually happening?  MI6 debriefed him, as well, I note.  I'd like to see a comparative analysis between MI6's own sources and what Werritty gave them, that's for sure.

(You'd think a country which perfected the Double Cross intelligence system would be aware how an entire national network could be penetrated and made to feed back false information to an enemy, but apparently, the British are even worse at history than Americans).

Edit: spelling error
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Re: So, there was thing involving a man named Fox and a man named Werrity...
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 02:46:53 pm »
This was interesting as hell.

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Re: So, there was thing involving a man named Fox and a man named Werrity...
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 04:34:44 pm »
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