Nicholas Paul Astbury
| Nicholas Paul Astbury|
|Alma mater||University College London|
Nicholas Astbury is a British diplomat who has worked in several areas of interest to the deep state (drugs, regime changes etc).
A diplomat since 1994, Astbury first worked for a year as desk officer at the European Union department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London before being sent on post to Colombo (Sri Lanka) as second secretary (1995-99). On returning to London, he headed a section of the EU department at the FCO (1999-2000) and was later appointed spokesman on EU issues at the FCO Information Department. In 2001-2002, Astbury was private secretary to the office of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of FCO, Baronness Valerie Amos (2001-02), before becoming number two at the FCO visa department in London. He also served as Head of the joint FCDO Sudan Unit (a target for regime change).
At age 34, he was appointed ambassador to Eritrea, a target for Western regime change. He was due to replace Michael Murray in February 2006. This is only the second post Astbury has held abroad and he is devoid of any professional experience on the continent of Africa. Before then, Astbury was posted in Kabul, where he was the number two in the anti-drug team at the British embassy in Afghanistan.