Amerikanske styrker fant et telefonnummer til BBC hos flere medlemmer av Al Qaida og fikk mistanke om at noen innefor BBC var en kontakt.

Det viser de nye lekkasjene fra Wikileaks.

A detainee assessment, dated 21 April 2007, states: «The London, United Kingdom (UK), phone number 0044 207 XXX XXXX was discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals.
“The number is associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).” Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests the number is one for Bush House, home of the BBC World Service.
The assessment continues that US forces uncovered many “extremist links” to this number, suggesting that extremists could have made contact with BBC employees who were sympathetic to extremists or had information on “ACM [anti-Coalition Militia] operations”.
It says: “(Analyst Note: Numerous extremist links to this BBC number indicates a possible propaganda media network connection. Network analysis might provide leads to individuals with either sympathetic ties to extremists or possibly possessing information on ACM operations.)”

Selv om opplysningen ikke rammer BBC som organisasjon, styrker den mistanken om at BBC er politisk tendensiøs, og befolket av mennesker med antivestlige holdninger.

Hvis personellet er anti-amerikansk og anti-israelsk, og dette kommer til uttrykk i journalistikken, kan det gi stort spillerom for personer som er mer engasjert og som har ekstremistkontakter.

Noe av det samme kunne sies om NRK.

Andrew Marr later told the newspaper: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people.
“It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

WikiLeaks: leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a ‘possible propaganda media network’
The BBC is accused of being part of a “possible propaganda media network” for Al Qaeda, according to the leaked US files on the Guantanamo detainees.

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