Friday, July 07, 2006

FCO moves to obtain court injunction against online Murder in Samarkand documents!

Latest site list update: 17.08.06

How effective the court injunction may be against the Murder in Samarkand documents will of course depend largely on how widely posted and mirrored the documents are. It is clearly just a matter of fact that the more sites that choose to host the documents, the less likely it is that the government will be sucessful in supressing them...

They first appeared on 2 sites in the UK and one in the US: Craig Murray, at Blairwatch and on Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches. Although they have now been removed from the Craig Murray weblog they are still available from the other two.

Heck! A couple of the best have turned up here as well:

The Iraq Memo
The Torture Telegram

Other sites that have them available include:

Many Angry Gerbils
Politics in the Zeros
Duncan Mcfarlane
James Cranch
Pickled Politics
An Oxford Mirror
Ministry of Truth
Septic Isle
Voltaire Net
Free in Holland

and a fair few others too...

Now entering the mysterious world of hostless hosting and p2p. has a .torrent file that they made for p2p sharing of the documents and is, apparently, gaining traction on the web:

It seems that providing a link to this .torrent file does not violate any copyright laws since the documents downloaded from the files that the .torrent file point to don't reside on any given web server...

Another alternative is provided via anonymous hosting at

Sites in Canada, France and elsewhere are also blogging on the documents issue. And finally, apologies to anyone missed out on this rather cursory summary. See comments for further details of the mentioned sites.


Anonymous said...
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Clive said...

A zip file of the whole set including html prefaces is available on request. Send email to clives AT batchtarget DOT com if you want a copy.

Postman said...

Anyone downloading the files should be aware that this will be recorded by some organisation somewhere, Echelon, NSA, whatever.

I wouldn't suggest that people follow this idea but if the files were downloaded and then burned on a CD , then erased, they would not be on anyone's hard disk.

Anonymous said...

Politics in the Zeros has mirrored the documents. Link at bottom of post.

Duncan said...

You can get them on at least one more site in the UK now for what it's worth ;-) -

Anonymous said...

My mirror is now go.

D-Notice said...

I've also got 'em Craig Murray vs the Foreign Office.

Anonymous said...

My Mirror:

Anonymous said...

You may add a German mirror:

Anonymous said...

Mirror available here

Unity said...

And another mirror here -

Don't let the UK domain fool you, either - MoT is hosted in the US under US T&Cs, hence I am claiming protection under the US versionj of 'fair use' and the First Amendment.

Richard K said...

If some of you are worried about hosting the files on your own servers, I suggest doing it with a file hoster such as hosts over 23 million files, is located in Germany and one of the largest anonymous file hosting outfits.

Once you get a url come back here and post it.

I have the full Murray zip here - choose the free option to download - no problem.

Other uploading sites include

Etc. Many more here.

This is much better than bittorrent for simple access as I could not find anyone online with the files available for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am a British Citizen and am also concerned about the UK Government and its agents taking on increasing powers and proving that it will abuse them.

The Civil Contingencies Act, the ID cards bill, the various terrorism acts etc.

I have no position of influence, but I can offer a mirror of the documents on a server in the USA in order to help in my own small way.

They came for the Communists, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Communist;
They came for the Socialists, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Socialist;
They came for the labor leaders, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a labor leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Jew;
Then they came for me - And there was no one left to object.

- Martin Niemoller, German Protestant Pastor, 1892-1984

Anonymous said...

More mirrors of all the documents in Zip Format(12.8 mb download).

leon said...

Pickled Politics also has it mirrored:

. said...

Another mirror on my US hosted blog -

Laurent GUERBY said...

Trying to raise awareness of the issue on the french blogosphere (in french).

Good luck.

Dr. Dawg said...

Here in Canada, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to post a link to the documents at Dahr Jamail's place.

Bravo, Craig Murray.

Unity said...

From Craig's latest post on his site, it looks like he'll have to take the documents down at his site as he's unable to sustain the costs of fighting the case.

He could just change the page to link to the mirrors, but that might spawn yet another legal threat/case and cause him to incur all costs.

However, there is a clean way around this.

First, we need to agree a standard search term and metadata for all mirrors, one that will ensure that a search on google directs people to the right place. I'd suggest we ask Tim from Bloggerheads to advise as a specialist in seacrh engine optimisation.

Next we all use the search term and metadata for our mirrors, and then put the word out and googlejuice them like hell.

Craig can then alter his site by adding an external link to the google search that throws up the mirrors, leaving him in the clear.

What do folks think? Are we up for this...

Stuartgrantsmith said...

My mirror is at:

(Eventually it might contain something interesting other than Craig's stuff.)

So now we'll see how free we are here in the Netherlands...

Chuck Unsworth said...

Excellent work by all of these fine people.

'I am Spartacus!'


MI 4.9 said...

No you're not...

I'm Sparticus!

MI 4.9

Anonymous said...

Cryptome have mirrored