From: Joe Sucksmith
Sent: 24 June 2013 23:30
To: Steve Knibbs
Subject: Katharine Gunn report – a query
I enjoyed your report this evening on Points West. One query though…
In your lead-in to the interview with Katharine Gunn, you stated that she (Gunn) “leaked details of an alleged plot to bug UN delegates before the Iraq war”.
Out of interest, why did you say “alleged plot”?
Given that we have the “Koza memo“, would it not have been more accurate to say that Gunn “leaked details of a plot to bug delegates before the Iraq war”?
Look forward to hearing from you.
From: Steve Knibbs
Subject: RE: Katharine Gunn report – a query
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:51:36 +0000
Thanks for getting in touch – appreciate it.
You make a good point and I can see both sides. However, as I never did the Gun story back in 2003/4, I always look back at how the BBC reported it and my reference material said “alleged plot”. It’s bit of a grey area considering the existence of the Koza memo as you say but I suspect (although I don’t know for sure without looking into it) that as the US/GCHQ perhaps never acknowledged the existence of the memo or its intentions then alleged would be the correct and legal way for us to report it.
I’m glad you enjoyed the report and I thought Katharine was very strong in what she said. This is a story that isn’t going away.