UK use of drones in Afghanistan remains under wraps after disclosure campaign is thwarted ~ KUNAL DUTTA, JONATHAN OWEN, The Independent.
Campaigners have vowed to continue to fight the “culture of secrecy” surrounding Britain’s use of drones after a protracted legal battle to force the Government to disclose details of deployments in Afghanistan failed, with the information tribunal backing the Ministry of Defence’s refusal to reveal information on military operations.
The appeal to the Information Commissioner was filed in wake of numerous Freedom of Information requests that were refused by the MoD. But after a two-day closed hearing the information tribunal supported the MoD’s position with soldier’s lives being cited as the key reason for the lack of disclosure.
“The MOD referred to the disclosure of the requested information as involving ‘risk to life and limb’, the Commissioner used the phrase ‘life and death’,” the ruling…
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