Sunday, June 19, 2005

Stay In Your Home

Today's headline on the front page of the Independent on Sunday:
Leak of secret plan to protect G8 leaders sparks security alert

It seems that an unnamed member of the intelligence community has leaked these plans to the Independent in order to create a "wake-up call" for complacent ministers.
The information includes: details of the threat, including assessments of the risk from chemical, biological, and radiological attack... the precise location of lines of reinforced fencing to keep out would-be suicide bombers and protesters; and aerial photographs of the estate marking likely terrorist targets.
Good grief, it's going to be a madhouse down there. This leak must be very embarrasing for the government. Hmm...

There is another possibility. The Independent might have become an unwitting participant in the government's Stay In Your Home campaign.
An unnamed member of the intelligence community? A tenuous connection between suicide bombers and protestors? A leak likely to deter legitimate and peaceful protestors from attending demonstrations? A leak likely to provide an excuse for the government to introduce greater restrictions on those who do wish to protest peacefully?

Of course, I'm just speculating and I am a self confessed cynical bas***d. It'll be interesting to see how the government responds to this leak though.

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