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18 May 2007
A lesson for leakers
A former civil servant and an MP's researcher have just been banged up for six and three months respectively. Their crime was to try and leak the infamous "Let's bomb al-Jazeera" memorandum of talks that took place between the Chimp and his favourite little doggie in April 2004.

A full analysis of the significance of all this can be found here, but the Exile has one question: Why didn't they release the memo on the web? If they had done that within minutes every anti-war site all over the world would have copied it and reposted it. Nothing could have stopped its dissemination.

Instead what these two men did was give the document to a Labour MP who handed it back to the government. Face has been saved all round, the two putative leakers are in jail and we still don't know exactly what other dirt the document contains.

People, dish the dirt on the web - you know it makes sense.

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