close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

`Murdoch urged Blair not to delay Iraq invasion`

Alastair Campbell says Tony Blair was left puzzled by Rupert Murdoch`s clumsy efforts to pressure the UK into backing Iraq invasion.



London: Tony Blair`s ex-communications director says the British leader was left puzzled by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch`s clumsy efforts to pressure Britain into backing the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

In excerpts of the latest volume of his diaries published on Friday by The Guardian newspaper, Alastair Campbell writes that Blair believed Murdoch`s intervention was prompted by the White House and an example of "over-crude diplomacy”.

Giving evidence to Britain`s media ethics enquiry last month, Blair acknowledged Murdoch called him three times in the run up to the war.

Campbell`s diary recalls Murdoch calling Blair a week before a key House of Commons vote on joining the US invasion, warning over the dangers of delaying the start of conflict.

Blair felt "the Murdoch call was odd, not very clever”, Campbell wrote.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels