July 9th, 2014

Foreign Office Rendition Files ‘Destroyed by Water Damage’

Official documents recording flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean Territory where the United States is accused of carrying out ‘extraordinary rendition’ of terror suspects, have been destroyed by water damage. The Foreign Office says that records from 2002, the year in which former Foreign Secretary David Miliband admitted two US rendition flights landed on the island, are “incomplete”. Answering a written question from Tory MP Andrew Tyrie today, Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds confirms:

“Records on flight departures and arrivals on Diego Garcia are held by the British Indian Ocean Territory immigration authorities. Daily occurrence logs, which record the flights landing and taking off, cover the period since 2003. Though there are some limited records from 2002, I understand they are incomplete due to water damage.”

Diego Garcia has been dogged by allegations that it is used by the US government as a base to torture terror suspects with impunity. The last Labour government was forced to apologise after admitting rendition flights landed there in 2002, despite previous denials. And now files from that year have been destroyed…


  1. 1
    ancientpopeye says:

    How strange?

  2. 2
    Gosh says:

    ‘How strange’ to contrive such a story?


    C’mon Guido, up your game.

  3. 3
    PC 99 says:

    Dissolving files in water and then evaporating is one way to get them into ‘The Cloud’…

  4. 4
    Jimmy Saville says:

    …..and yet records on me are complete?

  5. 5
    Ghost of Greg Stone. says:

    Straight out of an episode of Yes Minister….sensitive documents being asked for and a claim of a loss due to flooding in a filing area.

  6. 6
    Cilla says:

    Surprise, surprise.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:


  8. 8
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    They must have used the water that dissolved Tony Blair’s expenses.

  9. 9

    Convenient water damage, ennit?

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Waterboarding the documents now?

  11. 11
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    I can tell the House that the condition of Rolf Harris is said to be satisfactory.

  12. 12
    AJC says:

    Was Mark Sedwill in charge?

  13. 13
    Frank Carson says:

    It’s the way I tell em

  14. 14
    Paul Ingyourleg says:

    What a remarkably unfortunate series of events.

    Oh well, nothing to see here.

  15. 15
    Banned says:

    Lost due to flooding? Then it’s time to do some serious dredging !

  16. 16
    Cynic says:

    Another cover up

    And Dave cant even set up an enquiry. Still as a girl at least she didn t go to Eton

  17. 17
    FFS ! says:

    Oh FFS the British Establshment now has slightly less credibility than North Korea.

  18. 18
    Call me naive, but... says:

    I’d have thought that, in this century, they’d be computerised.

  19. 19
    Boys Buggery & Cocaine says:

    Actually the epsode featuring the water damaged documents was never shown as we felt it lacked credibility even for Yes Minister.

  20. 20
    Oh, really? says:

    But don’t worry! It’s Labour water damage, which is sort of like Marxist holy water!

  21. 21
    State of the art government says:

    We lost the punch cards, and the magnetic tape got chewed up.

  22. 22
    dai migtily taxed says:

    it does put in one’s mind a place to which the errant might be sent – such as blair campbell and brown

  23. 23
    Old Isleworthian says:

    Climate change strikes again!

  24. 24
    nell says:

    Only slightly?!!

  25. 25
    Quiz Time says:

    Which LiblabCon faction has the most kiddy fiddlers?.

  26. 26
    Mavid Dilliband says:

    Must not have happened then, eh?

  27. 27
    red ed peoples representative of the republic of doncaster says:

    probably splash back from a careless waterboarder

  28. 28
    David Milliclegg says:

    Catch me if you can!

  29. 29
    red ed peoples representative of the republic of doncaster says:

    is there something wrong with my speakers?

  30. 30
    Winston says:

    LibLabCon is sinking. All they can do now is get their mates in the MSM to deny UKIP a voice.

  31. 31

    Indian water board wet work – you just can’t rely on the plumbing.

    But does it get M’iliband off the hook, or is this a Straw man ?

    Vote UKIP :-D

  32. 32
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    If you think oil prices are high now just imagine what will happen to oil prices when Indians and Chinese get off their bikes,scooters and rikshaws and start driving cars instead :-)

  33. 33
    There Aint Nothing Like a Dame says:

    Yet another lapse of judgement by that hapless, star struck twerp Hague:


  34. 34
    These things happen... says:

    And, luckily only records for flight arrivals and departures were affected.

    No such damage affected the US Naval Support Facility at Diego Garcia, which includes a large naval ship and submarine support base, military air base, and communications and space-tracking facility.

  35. 35
    The Thick of It says:

    Too true

    I thought the Honours Committees/Cabinet Office were supposed to thoroughly investigate the probity & records of those receiving gongs.

    Or haven’t we learned from the number of dodgy characters that have received them in the past?

  36. 36
    Julian The Wonderhorse says:

    And of course Tony Blair’s expenses got accidentally destroyed in a terrible, innocent blunder. What a shame.

  37. 37
    Fucking dis custard says:

    Someone pissed on the files?

  38. 38

    Shock horror, terrorists maltreated , what does anyone expect the CIA to do , slap them on the wrist , and send them to bed with no supper and make them promise to be good little boys for mummy.

  39. 39
    Ranks closing says:

    Except when Nigel wants a pay rise!

  40. 40
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Whoever wins the next election will have to make he most savage cuts in history, at least 50% across all government departments over 5 years.

    If the cuts aren’t made then the UK government wont even be able to borrow a fiver without being charged Wonga rates of interest by the markets.

  41. 41
    yaosxx says:

    Oh who cares! We’re talking about TERRORISTS FFS!!

  42. 42
    Houston, We have a problem says:

    This had the opposite effect when tried in the past. Mind you, that might not the idiots trying it on again. We have a major problem: just about every public body has been shown to be at best untrustworthy and at worst headed and staffed by criminals.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    sky interviews local brummies who support jihad

  44. 44
    Jack "the lad" Straw says:

    What does your comment have to do with this story? The British Government has always denied being involved in rendition which is actually illegal in UK law. This story is one of lies and cover-up.

  45. 45

    There is nothing ‘savage ‘about balancing the books ,the alternative is continued wild borrowing with no thought for the consequences .
    A good start would be to cut out the foreign aid budget, freeze or reduce benefits,and get out of the EU.

  46. 46
    Jack "the lad" Straw says:

    No we are talking about illegal activities, lies and cover-ups. If as you say they are only terrorists then why not change or create a law to allow redition and torture?

  47. 47
    yaosxx says:

    That’s just naive rubbish! In matters of War – and when it comes to Islamic terrorists there is a War going on – it is unavoidable that some things end up in a clandestine manner!

  48. 48
    Clerk @ foreign office says:

    I tell you it was hard to keep anything dry with all that water boarding going . I think should be an outdoor sport like wind surfing

  49. 49
    Shami Chakrabarti says:

    Slapping them on the wrists and making them go to bed without
    any supper is a clear breach of their human rights and must be

  50. 50
    Lord G says:

    Are we really supposed to believe there are no electronic records?

  51. 51
    bartslartbastard says:

    Pissed on by the Big Bladder more like…

  52. 52
    BBC cover-up Dept. says:

    Don’t worry we’ll make sure any records regarding
    decades of abuse by the ever-increasing list of
    BBC pervs are accidentally destroyed.

  53. 53
    well there's a surprise says:

    Thousands more votes for UKIP.

  54. 54
    Flood Gate on Sea says:

    Was that fat poof at the Environment Agency involved with all that flooding on the island that caused the damage?

  55. 55
    Twampersand mk II says:

    Water damage = chucked in the sea.

  56. 56
    Gordon the Great, liar, thief and all round Jock mong says:

    Iceland is a terrorist state. I used terror legislation to attempt to skank them out of their money when I saved the world.

    Yip, yip, wupperty!!!

  57. 57
    Parliamentary Works Committee says:

    Difficult to shred wet paper.

    But you could make a papier mache model of Tony Blair being bummed by Gee Doubleya with oil gushing from his cock, whilst standing on a mound of dead Iraqi’s.

    Might be more fitting than a statue of Ghandi.

  58. 58
    Morgan's Organ says:

    We are so fortuitous to have such an creative Civil Service such that they can always find another enterprising reason for the absence of sensitive documents from our files

  59. 59
    H2O says:

    water damage = washed with white

  60. 60

    If it is illegal to fight terrorists with every means at your disposal then the law should be changed .

  61. 61

    Stange looking ‘brummies’ why did they not interview a few real ones ?

  62. 62
    Norm Normal says:

    After the chaos and inconvenience I frequently find at the airport, including being made to turn up 3 hours early for a hours flight, couldn’t care less if they are having red hot pokers shoved up their arses.

  63. 63
    Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss says:

    I was unaware that Britain had overseas territories or that it was possible to fly between them via devices known as ‘aeroplanes’.

    However now that this has been pointed out to me, I can confirm that my brother’s comments that details of the ‘flights’ have been lost owing to mould on the parchment and bleaching of the ducks bladder ink, are entirely correct.

  64. 64
    Bladder says:

    water damage = pissed on by the establishment

  65. 65
    Wellies says:

    Was there a large pool of water near the Home Office in the 1980s, by any chance?

  66. 66
    Paul Nutall of Ukips says:

    and yet you were an honoured guest of Thatcher at Christmas Time.

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    How strange indeed, especially files that could prove embarrasing to certain parties, if the files were held on computer why was not a copy made, if a paper system why wasn’t it digitised.

  68. 68
    The Growler says:

    Like aqua regia (royal water)

  69. 69

    How convenient. Why does that not happen to any of the boring files?

  70. 70
    The Growler says:

    I couldn’t believe this this morning
    Rolf Harris heading to open prison dubbed the ‘Savoy of Slammers’
    Shamed TV presenter Rolf Harris will be transferred to Leyhill Open Prison in South Gloucestershire.
    Big Bubber will be disappointed, he wanted to learn to play a diggery doo

  71. 71
    Conrad says:

    Reminds me of the murders of de Menezes and Tomlinson. Firstly there were no CCTV cameras and then they weren’t working or the recordings were lost and finally it turned out that footage existed that revealed ‘certain inaccuracies’ in the official account of events. To everyone’s surprise of course.

  72. 72
    Oops! I shouldn't have written that. says:

    Like the fact that it was actually the SAS who shot Jean Charles de Menezes not the police.

  73. 73
    The Growler says:

    By that do you those known about by the whips, or including all of them

  74. 74
    The Dullards in the Media says:

    SKY have been running ISIS recruitment videos all day.

  75. 75
    Maimed Codger says:

    and Politicians wonder why we hold them in such low esteem, does Blair and cronies, have much to answer for… too much lost, destroyed or missing

  76. 76

    Just a thought.

    Diego Garcia was also within reachable flying distance of missing flight MH370 when it ‘disappeared’.

  77. 77
    sir_jimmy says:

    now then, now then.

  78. 78

    Was Willy her alleged supplier . ?

    Amazing what you can channel when you re in charge of your country s diplomatic bags worldwide ……

  79. 79
    Bill Smith says:


  80. 80
    Who IS Harry's dad? says:

    Even the files were water boarded.

  81. 81
    Chris Huhne says:

    “were supposed to thoroughly investigate the ”

    ———————–can’t go any further – split infinitive, you see.

  82. 82
    Mike of Epworth says:

    New government department assigned task of creating reasons for the “loss” of important records. Early suggestions include water damage, swan attacks, snails ate the documents, accidental shredding by unpaid interns, Dr Who stole them and they were sold off to make firelighters.

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