Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough-and-Tumble Adventures of a Scotch-Drinking, Skirt-Chasing, Dictator-Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror

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 imperative Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that at last fee him his task.
Craig Murray isn't any traditional diplomat. He enjoys a drink or 3, and if it's within the corporation of a beautiful woman, rather a lot the higher. Murray's scant regard for the foundations of the sport additionally extends to his task. whilst, within the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known important Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes throughout images of a political dissident who has actually been boiled to dying, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it truly is: torture of the most harsh kind.
Murray quickly discovers that this can be no one-off incident: fierce abuse of these opposing the govt. is rife. It's now not lengthy ahead of he's tearing round the kingdom in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing via roadblocks to satisfy with dissidents and divulge their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.
yet Murray's bosses in London's international place of work, ever aware in their senior companions in Washington, don't are looking to disillusioned the applecart. Karimov is an best friend within the newly introduced worldwide conflict on Terror. His state is host to a major American air base. the very last thing they wish is a fighting younger diplomat stirring issues up. In Craig Murray, that's precisely what they've got...

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It appeared an sick omen as we moved into our new, high-status lifestyles. five It used to be already getting mild as we dispersed into our deep, cozy beds and fell asleep. AFTER a couple of hours’ sleep I woke up. It was once nine-thirty on a Thursday morning, and underneath me the embassy will be operating away. I bathed, shaved, brushed my tooth, wearing a three-piece go well with and walked out into the eating room, the place Galina used to be ready to make me breakfast. I ate quick, frightened to get downstairs and investigate cross-check my area. As I left the eating room Galina requested me if i needed my cappuccino at eleven A. M. She had constantly taken down cappuccino and biscuits for Christopher Ingham at 11. because it appeared very important to her, I agreed. A keyboard with a dozen hooks hung open air the kitchen, and that i took a number of keys from the hook marked place of work. I went right down to the door off the vestibule, and one of many keys certainly unlocked it. I went via into my workplace. This used to be disappointing. It used to be very small—about ten toes sq.. a wide sleek modular white wooden pc took up approximately part the gap. It held a working laptop or computer, a green-shaded table mild, a mahogany letter rack, an vintage brass inkwell set, an important eco-friendly leather-bound blotting pad and a number of china and brass embellishes. The home windows of the place of work regarded out onto a slim stretch of garden and the excessive yet based wrought iron railings that separated the embassy from the road. part the width of the road was once then additional boxed off by means of large concrete blocks, to supply a discreet parking zone and to offer sufficient standoff for a degree of safeguard opposed to vehicle bombs. the doorway to this outer sector used to be safe by means of a lifting heavy steel bar, striped pink and white as they constantly are. one more sliding gate then secure the embassy region right contained in the railings. The bar and gate have been set at 90 levels to one another, so a heavy car that crashed the bar must flip correct very sharply to assault the gate, whatever impossible to prevail with any momentum. 6 other than the windowed wall, the opposite 3 partitions of the small place of work every one held a door. One, from the vestibule of the place of dwelling, I had simply entered via. Above this was once a window, by which i'll be watched at paintings from the place of dwelling stairs. within the contrary wall a door led via into Karen’s office—I walked via and acknowledged hi, and she or he inquired brightly how i used to be. I instructed her I simply desired to get my bearings for a section, after which might speak issues via together with her. I back to my place of work and this time opened the 3rd door, within the left-hand wall as you got here from the vestibule. This led right into a brief, slim hall. A wood door on the finish had a lock on it, which I well-known as functioning as a mix lock from the opposite facet. To my left off this hall used to be a heavy metal door painted a lifeless eco-friendly, with a wide iron lever to function the lock, safe by way of a mixture dial. This, i spotted, has to be the registry. I went again and acquired the mix from Karen, declining her supply to open it for me.

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