Harry Dunn case: Dominic Raab brushes aside Sacoolas intelligence role

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Dominic Raab (R) was grilled by Sky News' Sophy Ridge (L)

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has refused to answer questions about the precise intelligence role of Anne Sacoolas in the UK before she killed teenager Harry Dunn in late August 2019.

Speaking to the Sophy Ridge On Sunday program on Sky News (February 14), Raab was insistent that Sacoolas’s intelligence role had “no effect” on her claim to diplomatic immunity.

Raab’s position flies in the face of the established facts, namely that the US State Department had failed to notify the UK Foreign Office about Sacoolas’s intelligence work prior to the fatal crash on August 27, 2019.

Important facts about the case emerged after Sacoolas’s own barrister told the Alexandria district court in Virginia (US) that his client and her husband, Jonathan Sacoolas, worked for US intelligence agencies and “fled” the UK due to “issues of security”.

The revelations at the Virginia court effectively ended 18 months of speculation about Sacoolas’s involvement with the US intelligence services, most likely the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Raab’s claim that Sacoolas’s undeclared intelligence role had “no effect” on her claim to diplomatic immunity will raise eyebrows as it has already been established that the US State Department had not requested diplomatic immunity for Sacoolas prior to the crash that killed Harry.

When pressed further on the issue by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, and specifically on the question as to at what point Raab and Prime Minister Boris Johnson became aware of Sacoolas’s true role in the UK, the Foreign Secretary kept repeating “we don’t comment on intelligence matters”.

Raab’s interview has drawn a sharp response from the grieving Dunn family’s spokesperson, Radd Seiger, who told the PA news agency that it is “not true” that Raab does not comment on intelligence matters.

“We asked him [Raab] this very question when we met with him on January 28 last year when his response was merely that ‘she used to work for the [US] State Department’”, Seiger added.




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