UK to appeal court order on US intelligence
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Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009, 23:07
  
London: The government said Friday it would appeal against a high court ruling that would force it to publish US intelligence about a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, against Washington's wishes.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was "deeply disappointed" by the judgment and warned it could cause the United States to limit the information it shared with Britain in the future.

"The government is deeply disappointed by the judgment handed down today by the High Court which concludes that a summary of US intelligence material should be put into the public domain against their wishes," Miliband said.

"We will be appealing in the strongest possible terms."

The high court ruling concerned whether to release details about Binyam Mohamed, who claims he was tortured before his move to the US detention camp on Guantanamo Bay in 2004.

Mohamed, an Ethiopian national who moved to Britain in 1994 when he was 16, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 before being taken to Morocco and Afghanistan, where his lawyers say the torture took place.

Miliband said the "fundamental question" was not the allegations made by Mohamed -- who was released from Guantanamo in February -- but the principle that underpinned the sharing of intelligence information between countries.

"The US will not prejudice its own intelligence if it perceives that this intelligence may be disclosed at the order of a foreign court or otherwise," he said in a statement.

"It remains my assessment that the consequence of the court's judgment today, if left unchallenged, will be a restriction on what is shared with us."

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First Published: Friday, October 16, 2009, 23:07


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