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The blog of a former UK diplomat of rare perspicacity and integrity, whose blog was "jolted back out of retirement" by the "horrifying" spectacle of Tony Blair speaking at Ariel Sharon’s Funeral

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Started: March 2005
Founder: Craig Murray

Founder/Owner: Craig Murray
Constitutes: Independent media

Craig Murray's blog receives regular posts of thoughtful material by the former UK ambassador. For example, he pointed out evidence that the BBC had edited the soundtrack of Dr. Rola without informing viewers, something which the BBC later admitted after enquiry by Robert Stuart.

Going dark

On 31 July 2021, having been sentenced to eight months imprisonment for the "jigsaw identification" of complainers in the Alex Salmond case, Craig Murray wrote:

"This blog will be going dark for a few months. The Queen kindly paid for my dinners for over twenty years while I was a British diplomat and Ambassador, and now she is going to be paying for my dinners again. That is very kind, I thought she had forgotten me."[1]

2018 Surge in popularity

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Craig Murray's blog rose in popularity during the last 2 weeks of March 2018, when he was reporting about the Skripal affair. Alexa's data indicates that the site's global rank rose from about 200,000 to about 100,000. This was in spite of a denial of service attack which was launched in March 2018.[2] By mid April, it was reached #73,626 in the world, and #3,131 in the UK.


Craig's blog attracts sometimes hundreds of comments. Some of these he removes as "off topic", including any posts about 9/11, which has prompted Peter Presland to reflect on why.[3]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Craig Murray and 9-11article30 January 2010PeterA reply to Craig Murray's article explaining his embargo on any further discussion of 9-11 in the comments section of his blog


Documents sourced from Craig Murray's blog

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Bigger than 911articleHMS Astute grounding23 October 2010Craig MurraySome light relief at the expense of the MOD and its Trident nuclear missile carrying submarine fleet.
Document:A Moment in Historyblog postLabour Friends of Israel
Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn
Parliamentary Labour Party
26 June 2019Craig MurrayIt is ESSENTIAL that every Labour Party member reading this blog acts NOW to try to get rid of those dreadful Blairite MPs. If you do not act, the historic moment will be missed and the chance to move England and Wales away from neoliberalism may be permanently surrendered.
Document:All Pretence is Over in Persecution of Assangeblog postWikileaks
James Arbuthnot
Emma Arbuthnot
Julian Assange/Imprisonment
14 February 2018Craig Murray“Lady” Arbuthnot has perhaps performed an unwitting public service by the brazen nature of her partiality, which exposes beyond refutation the charade of legal process behind the effort to arrest Assange, in reality over the publication of USA secrets.
Document:American Presidentsblog postJoe Biden
Donald Trump
US/2020 Presidential election
Kamala Harris
4 November 2020Craig MurrayOn the US election I showed my limitations with a tweet yesterday evening predicting Joe Biden would win fairly comfortably, and Trump would concede with good grace. I was wrong.
Document:An Unpopular Articleblog postBoris Johnson
Charlotte Edwardes
Jennifer Arcuri
1 October 2019Craig MurrayThrowing the kitchen sink of accusations against Boris Johnson obscures with chaff the allegations of real wrongdoing, like directing public funds and assistance to the company of a woman with whom he was in a sexual relationship. That should be investigated.
Document:Assange Bail Application Todayblog postNils Melzer
Vanessa Baraitser
Westminster Magistrates' Court
International Bar Association
Julian Assange/Imprisonment
25 March 2020Craig MurrayIf the authorities now refuse to allow him out on bail during the COVID-19 outbreak, I do not see how anybody can possibly argue there is any intention other than to cause his death.
Document:Assange Final Appeal Day 2 – Your Man in the Public Galleryblog postWikileaks
Julian Assange
Chelsea Manning
Michael Snow
Vanessa Baraitser
James Lewis
Clair Dobbin
Graham Phillips
Jonathan Mark Swift
Victoria Sharp
Jeremy Johnson
29 February 2024Craig MurrayInitially US authorities were keen to downplay the possible sentence, but have radically changed tack and now emphasise 30 to 40 years as the norm, which is in effect a rest of life sentence. That shift, together with the refusal so far to rule out the death penalty, gives a measure of the ruthlessness with which the CIA is pursuing the extradition of Julian Assange.
Document:Assange Final Appeal – Your Man in the Public Galleryblog postWikileaks
Julian Assange
Chelsea Manning
Michael Snow
Vanessa Baraitser
Graham Phillips
Jonathan Mark Swift
Victoria Sharp
Jeremy Johnson
21 February 2024Craig MurrayThe indictment describes Wikileaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence agency”. That was plainly an accusation of espionage. This is self-evidently a politically motivated prosecution for a political offence.
Document:Assange Must Not Also Die in Jailblog postJohn Pilger
Jeffrey Epstein
Gina Haspel
Julian Assange/Imprisonment
13 August 2019Craig MurrayMany of the same people who are relieved by Jeffrey Epstein’s death would like to see Julian Assange dead too.
Document:Backing the Wrong Horsemanblog postIsrael
Middle East
Saudi Arabia
Craig MurrayThe neo-con drive to dominate the Middle East, in alliance with Saudi Arabia and Israel, has caused an apocalyptic level of death and destruction, which I put (an extremely conservative figure) at 5 million dead. Now compare that to the worldwide death toll from coronavirus: 220,000. Let me say that again. Western aggressive wars to coronavirus: 5,000,000 versus 220,000.
Document:Beware the Cult of Cadwalladrblog postChristopher Steele
Cambridge Analytica
Carole Cadwalladr
Integrity Initiative
Arron Banks
22 January 2022Craig MurrayThe present libel trial between Arron Banks and Carole Cadwalladr is therefore a struggle between two deeply unpleasant people. Cadwalladr’s lies, in my view, are political and still come within the realm of free speech. I support her right to say it, just as I support my right to denounce and expose her as an utterly unprincipled and fraudulent tool of the security services.
Document:Beyond Wordsblog postJulian Assange
Alex Salmond
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Vanessa Baraitser
8 April 2020Craig MurrayNobody cultivates her own anonymity more than Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser who has her existence carefully removed from the Internet almost entirely. Yet she seeks to destroy the peace and young lives of Julian Assange’s family.
Document:Biden Works to Prolong Ukraine Warblog postVladimir Putin
Joe Biden
Boris Johnson
Henry Kissinger
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Emmanuel Macron
Lloyd Austin
Volodymyr Zelensky
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
7 June 2022Craig Murray"Ukraine is objecting to this plan (for Turkey to clear sea lanes of mines and to police the ships carrying grain) because it objects to the removal of the mines, which I should be clear were put down in the sea lanes by Ukraine to prevent amphibious attack on Odessa."
Document:Censorship and Freedom of Speechblog postCensorship
Tony Blair
1 October 2008Craig Murray
Document:Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History postJulian Assange
Chelsea Manning
Michael Snow
12 April 2019Craig MurrayJulian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”.
Document:Civil Liberty Vanishesblog postJulian Assange
Liam Fox
Matthew Gould
Adam Werritty
Palantir Technologies
Priti Patel
6 May 2020Craig Murray"Serious questions have to be asked about why the UK government has developed its own unique app, universally criticised for its permanent central data collection and ability to identify individuals from their unique codes. That this is overseen by NHSX CEO Matthew Gould who held all those secret meetings with Liam Fox and Adam Werritty, including with Mossad, frankly stinks."
Document:Death Wish 2023blog postChatham House
Military-industrial-congressional complex
James Sherr
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Craig Murray"The practical problem with James Sherr’s call for total war is that Ukraine really does not have the population numbers to sustain to victory a total war against Russia. It is just going to run out of people, as indeed the much trumpeted counteroffensive appears to have done."
Document:Epstein's Death Must Be the Start, not the End, of the Investigationblog postAlan Dershowitz
Bill Clinton
Jeffrey Epstein
Andrew Windsor
Ghislaine Maxwell
Virginia Roberts
Carl Beech
11 August 2019Craig MurrayIt is a great shame that in the UK, the Establishment has been able to characterise the falsifications of Carl Beech as discrediting the entire notion of historical child sexual abuse.
Document:FBI Fabrication Against Assange Falls Apartblog postJulian Assange
Gareth Peirce
Vanessa Baraitser
Sigi Thordarson
Mark Summers
29 June 2021Craig MurrayThe revelation that Sigi Thordarson’s allegations are fabricated – which everyone knew already, Vanessa Baraitser just pretended she didn’t – is just one more illegality that the Establishment will shimmy over in its continued persecution of Julian Assange.
Document:First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis was in 2016 – By Iran, in Cooperation with the OPCWblog postIran
Theresa May
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Chemical Weapons Convention
17 March 2018Craig MurrayBeginning in late 2016, Iranian scientists succeeded in synthesising a number of Novichoks in full cooperation with the OPCW. This makes a complete nonsense of Theresa May’s “of a type developed by Russia” line, used to Parliament and the UN Security Council.
Document:Has International Law Survived, or Has the Western Political Class Killed It?blog postIsrael
South Africa
International Court of Justice
Ursula von der Leyen
Isaac Herzog
Roberta Metsola
Genocide Convention
Philippe Lazzarini
28 January 2024Craig MurrayNow think of this: the very next day after President Herzog made a genocidal statement, as determined by the International Court of Justice, he was met and offered “full support” by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament
Document:Has Western Democracy Now Failed?blog postKeir Starmer
Trickle-down economics
Post-democratic society
19 July 2023Craig MurrayWe live in a post-democratic society. That is difficult to accept, but it is true.
Document:Has the Elite’s Slavish pro-Israel Agenda Finally Gone Too FarBlog post"Antisemitism"
Israel/Defense Forces
Jeremy Corbyn
2006 Lebanon War
Sajid Javid
Two-state solution
25 February 2019Craig MurrayIsraeli destruction of Palestinian olive trees in the occupied territories is almost as heinous as the continuing killing and imprisonment of Palestinian children. Every morning ask yourself this question: "How many children has the Israeli “Defence” Force killed since the MSM last reported one?"
Document:How To Spot A Twitter TrollWikispooks PageMI6
Integrity Initiative
77th Brigade
2 July 2019Craig MurrayExposure is the simple way to nullify the vast state propaganda programmes on social media
Document:How to spot a Twitter trollblog postMI6
Integrity Initiative
The 77th Brigade
2 July 2019Craig MurrayExposure is the simple way to nullify the vast state propaganda programmes on social media
Document:Huawei Hypocrisyblog postGCHQ
National Security Agency
Nick Clegg
Theresa May
Gavin Williamson
7 May 2019Craig MurrayFormer Deputy PM Nick Clegg said GCHQ's ability "to hack anything from handsets to whole networks … needs to be much better understood".
Document:I Am Obliged to Reconsider My Support for the European UnionArticleSpain
European Union
Mariano Rajoy
Carles Puigdemont
3 October 2017Craig MurrayToday, and with a greater sadness than you can imagine, I withdraw my support for membership of the European Union
Document:I Go to Stand My TrialBlog postMark Lewis
Jake Wallis Simons
2 November 2017Craig MurrayThe Trial starts on Tuesday 7 November at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, High Court Queen’s Bench Division, and lasts for two or three days. By the time I come back online the Tories will have appointed their next Disgraced Former Defence Secretary in Waiting.
Document:I Stand in Blackburnblog postCraig Murray
Alex Salmond
George Galloway
Jeremy Corbyn
Keir Starmer
Andrew Feinstein
Wes Streeting
Alba Party
Workers Party of Britain
16 April 2024Craig MurrayI am going to need help – leafleting, canvassing, manning offices and the many myriad tasks of an election campaign. I am buoyed by the solid start we have in support across all communities in Blackburn. We are going to give Starmer a roasting, we are going to take on the zionist monopoly of power, and it is going to be great fun!
Document:Importing Jihadi Terror to the UK – Cui Bonoblog postWhite Helmets
2017 Manchester bombing
Salman Abedi
25 September 2018Craig MurrayImporting the White Helmets into the UK is obviously nuts if your purpose is to minimise jihadi activity in the UK
Document:Index on DisgraceArticleBBC
The Guardian
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Times
University of Dundee
Save the Children
Index on Censorship
22 April 2018Craig Murray"We thus have the extraordinary spectacle of a coordinated government and media onslaught on anybody who doubts their entirely fact free narratives. Public trust in the state and corporate media hits new lows, which is the happy part of this story."
Document:Interfering with Laura Kuenssbergblog postBoris Johnson
Laura Kuenssberg
Dominic Cummings
Vox pop
Echo chamber
UK/General election/2019
25 November 2019Craig MurrayIt's no coincidence that it is precisely the old and the poorly educated that are the targets of Dominic Cummings"Brexit election” strategy. If it comes off, Laura Kuenssberg and her fellow hacks will have proven that the power of the mainstream media is as yet unbroken.
Document:Internalised Dangerblog post"Climate change"
Joe Biden
Donald Trump
Bernie Sanders
US/2020 Presidential election
Kamala Harris
Green New Deal
6 November 2020Craig MurrayAmerica urgently needs a radical dose of social and economic reform as championed by Bernie Sanders. It needs the Green New Deal, and the world needs a real commitment in Washington to environmentalism.
Document:It’s Not Socialism. It’s Another Mega Wealth postBoris Johnson
Richard Branson
Carphone Warehouse
David Ross
Asset stripping
23 March 2020Craig MurrayAmid the COVID-19 panic, it has hardly been noticed that Carphone Warehouse went bust, with 2,900 people losing their jobs. Its co-founder, David Ross, is of course the billionaire that Boris Johnson claimed paid for his luxury holiday to Mustique, whereas Ross claimed he only organised it.
Document:Lawyers For Israel Oppose Conscienceblog postLawfare
UK Lawyers for Israel
Palestine Action
Elbit Systems
UK Public Order Act
20 May 2023Craig MurrayConvictions based on “intent” to do something you have not actually done, are generally dubious. The Shenstone defendants have been told by Judge Chambers they will get prison sentences. Expect these to be vicious.
Document:Let’s Move On From Borisblog postTony Blair
Richard Nixon
Bill Clinton
Boris Johnson
Dominic Cummings
28 May 2020Craig Murray"Boris Johnson on the Dominic Cummings debacle: 'It is now time to move on… the country wants to move on.' If a politician tells you to 'move on' from a subject, it is a gigantic red flag that you should do precisely the opposite."
Document:Matthew Gould and the Plot to Attack IranwebpageMatthew Gould14 November 2011Craig Murray
Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assangeblog postJulian Assange
Corporate media
Rupert Murdoch
David Aaronovitch
Belmarsh Prison
Extinction Rebellion
Old Bailey
7 September 2020Craig MurrayAt a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”
Document:Metropolitan Police on 'Chepiga' and 'Mishkin'blog postBellingcat
Skripal Affair
2018 Amesbury poisonings
Alexander Petrov
Ruslan Boshirov
12 October 2018Craig MurrayI remain of the view that the best way forward would be for Putin to negotiate conditions under which Boshirov and Petrov might voluntarily come to the UK for trial
Document:Mohammed Bin Salman: The Truth Behind The Reformist Facadeblog postDonald Trump
Mohammed bin Salman
8 March 2018Craig MurrayThen something remarkable happened which the world mainstream media has almost entirely ignored. Despite Saudi sponsored adverts all over US media portraying named senior Qataris as terrorist sponsors, and despite strong Israeli pro-Saudi lobbying, Donald Trump suddenly called Mohammed bin Salman to heel.
Document:Momento Mori – Unpopular Thoughts on Corona Virusblog postCOVID-19
Spanish flu
Hong Kong flu
7 March 2020Craig MurrayConsider this: 100% of those who contract COVID-19 are going to die. 100% of those who do not contract COVID-19 are also going to die. The difference in average life expectancy between the two groups will prove to be only very marginal. That is because the large majority of those who die of COVID-19 will already be nearing the end of life or have other health problems.
Document:Muellergate and the Discreet Lies of the BourgeoisieBlog postWikileaks
Julian Assange
Robert Mueller
William Binney
Katharine Viner
Cambridge Analytica
Carole Cadwalladr
Paul Manafort
Sergei Skripal
Luke Harding
Integrity Initiative
Ed Loomis
Steele dossier
1 April 2019Craig MurrayThe capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.
Document:Nato Expansion and Turkeyblog postNATO
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
17 May 2022Craig MurrayThere is another, specifically Turkish interest in play here, which is very much a factor in Erdogan’s willingness to stand up to Biden over Swedish and Finnish NATO entry. This of course relates to the permanent tension between NATO members Turkey and Greece.
Document:No Ceasefire in the Propaganda Warblog postBBC
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
2023 Gaza−Israel conflict
24 November 2023Craig MurraySince October 8 over 200 Palestinian children have been taken prisoner, none of whom had anything to do with the October 7 attacks. That rather puts the possible release of 33 children and six women today into perspective. But it is not a perspective the BBC would ever give you.
Document:Novichok, Navalny, Nordstream, Nonsenseblog postVladimir Putin
Angela Merkel
Atlantic Council
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon
Alexei Navalny
Skripal Affair
Integrity Initiative
Ben Nimmo
Digital Forensic Research Lab
Nord Stream
3 September 2020Craig MurrayThe US and Saudi Arabia have every reason to instigate a split between Germany and Russia at this time. Navalny is certainly a victim of international politics. That he is a victim of Putin I tend to doubt.
Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaksblog postWikileaks
Julian Assange
Chelsea Manning
Kristinn Hrafnsson
Lenín Moreno
7 April 2019Craig MurrayPretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing. It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Document:People Need to Reclaim the Internetblog postJulian Assange
Hunter Biden
Shadow banning
Richard Stallman
19 October 2020Craig MurrayThe development of social media gatekeeping of internet traffic is one of the key socio-political issues of our time. We need the original founders of the Internet to get together with figures like Richard Stallman and – vitally – Julian Assange – to find a way we break free from this.
Document:Pollokshields Shows How To Achieve Independenceblog postBoris Johnson
Scottish independence
UK/Supreme Court
14 May 2021Craig MurrayPollokshields showed how the people of Scotland will eventually take their own Independence. The “illegal” way in British law. The Gandhi way. The Mandela way. The people’s way. You cannot impose UK law on the people of Scotland.
Document:President Abbas’ Rebuke to Theresa May over Palestineblog postIsrael
Theresa May
Mark Lewis
Jake Wallis Simons
Mahmoud Abbas
Mandy Blumenthal
Alan Blumenthal
24 September 2017Craig MurrayThe ignored part of the Balfour Declaration to which Abbas referred is of course: “It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”
Document:Probable Western Responsibility for Skripal Poisoningblog postSergei Skripal
Pablo Miller
Skripal Affair
Ken McCallum
Steele dossier
28 April 2018Craig Murray
Clive Ponting
Those of us who have been in the belly of the beast and have worked closely with the intelligence services, really do know what they and the British government are capable of. They are not “white knights”.
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