Derek Plumbly

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Person.png Derek Plumbly   IMDB PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, propagandist)
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Born15 May 1948
One of the key figures in the propaganda operation entitled Operation Mass Appeal, which ran from the late 1990s to facilitate to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Sir Derek Plumbly is former director of the Middle East department at the Foreign Office. He was one of the key figures in the propaganda operation entitled Operation Mass Appeal, which ran from the late 1990s to facilitate to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Career

Plumbly has served in a variety of postings around the Middle East and elsewhere, including Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Referring to the 2000 Riyadh Bombing, Gordon Logan wrote that Plumbly was "routinely knighted to cover up the cock-up on his watch".[1]

In February 2008 he was appointed by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to head the Assessment and Evaluation Commission, charged with monitoring the implementation of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement,[2] which led to the division of the country, a goal the UK had covertly worked for.

In 2011, he was appointed as the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL); he served in this position from 2012 to 2015.

Since 2015, he is Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London, traditionally closely tied to the intelligence services.

Operation Mass Appeal

Full article: Operation Mass Appeal

According to journalist Neil Mackay he was "one of the key figures" in the propaganda operation entitled Operation Mass Appeal, which ran from the late 1990s to facilitate to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[3]


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