After Craig Murray posted that the Quilliam Foundation had not filed any accounts, the Foundation claimed it had and has sent a lawyer’s letter to Murray threatening libel action. Murray is willing to amend his post if they provide proof of their claim, surely that is the mature free speech way forward rather than legal letters, but the Quilliam Foundation have shown they are less than open-
Craig Murray:- Yesterday afternoon I received an unusual phone call. A man telephoned me and said that he had been following my blog for some time and was most impressed by it, and would like to know how to make a donation. I replied truly that I was extremely grateful, but the website really was just me, and therefore I did not request donations, unless for some specific expense like an election campaign.
You may be surprised to hear that people do not generally phone me up out of the blue and offer cash, so I was a bit suspicious. I did go on and suggest that if he wanted to be helpful he could buy my books, but he lost interest in the conversation very quickly in a manner that just seemed wrong compared to his initial eagerness.
So when I got a letter today from lawyers threatening libel action, I wondered if this was an attempt to get financial information on what funds they might target. So today I phoned him back. He gave his name as Ed, so I asked directly if he was Ed Husain or Ed Jagger of the Quilliam Foundation. At first he replied “I am not Ed Husain”. I had to ask again before he admitted he was indeed Ed Jagger of the Quilliam Foundation.
I put it to him that he had lied when he phoned and said he wanted to make a donation. He said that he just wanted to establish my contact details for the lawyer. I said that if he had asked me openly and honestly, I would have told him. He concluded by saying that any further communication should be through our lawyers (which will be tricky as I can’t afford one: Unlike Jagger I am not funded by taxpayers’ money.)
This is perhaps a symptom of their spooky position, government funding and a role in thought police spying on Muslims war-on-terror™ cash-in bonanza Prevent. It is also an authoritarian and extremist way to operate in the open forum of the blogosphere, which makes a mockery of their professed belief in liberal democracies. If you check them at Companies House you now find that the accounts are showing as filed, or at least the online record says so, given intelligence services reach who knows. It appears what happened was Murray caught them out, they then hurriedly sorted it in some way (without any hint of prosecutions for their lack of records) and now seek to snuff out this piece of history with legal threats.