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Blair talked to Murdoch on the eve of war in Iraq

Tony Blair spoke to Rupert Murdoch [a powerful Jewish Zionist billionaire who personally owns many of the world's key media outlets] at crucial points in his premiership - including on the eve of the Iraq war.

Mr Blair talked to the media tycoon three times on the telephone in the ten days before the U.S.-led invasion.

The revelation raises questions over how much the former Prime Minister relied on the multi-millionaire owner of the Times and Sun newspapers in his decade in power.

Details obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that Mr Blair telephoned Mr Murdoch on March 11, March 13 and March 19, 2003.

British and U.S. troops began their invasion of Iraq on March 20 - an act backed by Mr Murdoch's media empire, including both the Times and Sun.

The two men also spoke on April 25, 2004, days after Mr Blair announced he wanted a referendum on the EU constitution, one of his biggest policy U-turns.

They talked on January 29, 2004, a day after the Hutton Report into the death of Dr David Kelly was published, and October 3, 2004, after Mr Blair announced he would not fight a fourth general election.

The dates were disclosed after Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury won a long campaign to have them made public.

Government officials initially agreed to reveal one of the conversations, claiming that the others were 'unofficial' chats.

The Cabinet Office waited to release the data until the day after Mr Blair quit last month, apparently to lessen the impact. But full details only came to light yesterday.

Mr Blair's close relationship with Mr Murdoch and his media empire have been well-documented, but it was not known the extent of their conversations at critical junctures.

No details were released of what subjects Mr Blair and the News Corporation chairman discussed in the calls.

Lord Avebury said: 'It shouldn't have taken so much time and effort to extract information that was so clearly of great public interest.

'Rupert Murdoch has exerted his influence behind the scenes on a range of policies on which he is known to have strong views, including the regulation of broadcasting and the Iraq war.

'The public can now scrutinise the timing of his contacts with the former Prime Minister, to see whether they can be linked to events in the outside world.'


SOURCE

Daily Mail, "Blair talked to Murdoch on the eve of war in Iraq", 19 July 2007.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=469443&in_page_id=1770


FURTHER READING

The Guardian, "Blair and Murdoch spoke days before Iraq war", 19 July 2007.
http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,,2129807,00.html
    Tony Blair spoke to the media mogul Rupert Murdoch three times in the 10 days before the outbreak of the Iraq war - once on the eve of the US-led invasion - it was disclosed yesterday.
    The telephone conversations were among six calls between the two men detailed by the cabinet office in response to a freedom of information request by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury.
    The information was released the day after Mr Blair handed over power to Gordon Brown last month, following a three and a half year battle by the Lib Dem peer. Lord Avebury waited until yesterday to publicise the information.
    No details were given of what subjects Mr Blair and the News Corporation chairman discussed in the calls on March 11, 13 and 19 2003, ahead of the launch of US-led military action in Iraq on March 20.
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Daily Mail, "Ex-PM spoke to Murdoch before war", 18 July 2007.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=469390&in_page_id=1770
    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke to media mogul Rupert Murdoch three times in the 10 days before the outbreak of the Iraq war - once on the eve of the US-led invasion - it has been disclosed.
    The telephone conversations were among six calls between the two men detailed by the Cabinet Office in response to a Freedom of Information request from Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury.
    The information was released on the day after Mr Blair handed over power to Gordon Brown last month, after a three-and-a-half year battle by the Lib Dem peer. Lord Avebury waited until now to publicise the release.
    No details were released of what subjects Mr Blair and the News Corporation chairman discussed in the calls on March 11, 13 and 19 2003, ahead of the launch of US-led military action in Iraq on March 20. Further conversations took place on January 29, April 25 and October 3 2004.
    The Cabinet Office response also listed meetings between Mr Blair and Express Newspapers publisher Richard Desmond on January 29 and September 3 2003 and February 23 2004. The release covered the PM's phone conversations and meetings with the two men between September 2002 and April 2005.
    Lord Avebury initially asked for the dates of Mr Blair's phone calls and meetings with Mr Murdoch and Mr Desmond in October 2003. When this request was rebuffed by the then leader of the Lords, Baroness Amos, he made a complaint under Freedom of Information legislation.
    In 2005, Downing Street responded that the information was exempt from disclosure because of the need for the Prime Minister to be able to undertake free and frank discussions. The Cabinet Office said that releasing the timing of the PM's contacts with individuals could be prejudicial to the effective conduct of public affairs because it might lead to the content of their discussions being disclosed.
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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Insider, "UK election result decided in advance", 21 April 2005.
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=1121
    Tony Blair and his "New Labour" party will win the General Election in Britain on 5 May 2005. The result was decided yesterday in a secret meeting by powerful media executives. The announcement was heralded by the release of red smoke from a make-shift chimney on the roof of the offices of The Sun "newspaper", a publicity stunt designed to imitate the recent election of the new Pope.
    With a circulation in the UK of around 4 million readers, The Sun is read by more people than any of the other tabloids, and reaches more readers than all of the broadsheet newspapers combined -- millions more. The Sun is part of Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, which also exerts great influence on the American public, through the notorious Fox News TV "news" channel.
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