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British civil leaked Blair-Bush memo to help Kerry in U.S. election

British civil leaked Blair-Bush memo to help Kerry in U.S. election

A British civil servant on trial for leaking a classified memo about a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday he wanted Bush's election rival Sen. John Kerry to read it.
David Keogh, 50, a cipher expert, told the court he gave Leo O'Connor, a lawmaker's aide, the secret memo about April 2004 talks between the two leaders in which Bush purportedly referred to bombing the Arab television station Al-Jazeera.
Both Keogh and O'Connor deny violating the Official Secrets Act.
Keogh told London's Central Criminal Court he felt strongly about the memo, which he had to relay to diplomats overseas using secure methods.
He said he hoped the memo would be used to raise questions in the House of Commons, and also it would trigger debate in the U.S.
"The main person in my mind was John Kerry, who at the time was American candidate for the U.S. presidential election in 2004," Keogh said.
He admitted holding "unfavorable" views on Bush, but said he did not think publishing the document would hurt Britain's security or international relations.
"If there were it would have been purely embarrassment and not for the U.K., solely for another nation," Keogh said.
The British newspaper, the Daily Mirror, previously reported that the memo noted Blair had argued against Bush's suggestion of bombing Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The Daily Mirror said its sources disagreed on whether Bush's suggestion was serious.
Blair said he had no information about any proposed U.S. action against Al-Jazeera, and the White House called the claims "outlandish and inconceivable."
The document, marked "Secret-Personal," was intended to be restricted to senior officials.
The memo's contents are is considered so sensitive that much of the trial is being heard behind closed doors, have not been directly referred to by counsel or witnesses in open court.