By Craig Murray
With the entire velocity and drama of a political mystery, Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a tender, fast-living ambassador's conflict opposed to a ruthless dictatorship in crucial Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that finally fee him his activity.
Craig Murray is not any usual diplomat. He enjoys a drink or 3, and if it's within the corporation of an attractive woman, lots the higher. Murray's scant regard for the principles of the sport additionally extends to his activity. whilst, within the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known principal Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes throughout pictures of a political dissident who has actually been boiled to dying, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it really is: torture of the harshest variety.
Murray quickly discovers that this can be no one-off incident: fierce abuse of these opposing the govt. is rife. It's no longer lengthy ahead of he's tearing round the state in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing via roadblocks to satisfy with dissidents and disclose their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.
yet Murray's bosses in London's international workplace, ever conscious in their senior companions in Washington, don't are looking to disenchanted the applecart. Karimov is an best friend within the newly introduced international battle on Terror. His kingdom is host to an incredible American air base. the very last thing they want is a fighting younger diplomat stirring issues up. In Craig Murray, that's precisely what they've got...
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