The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

There was this famous intelligence report that I had brought, along with Roosevelt Johnson, some $12 million worth of arms and ammunition in Liberia and I'm saying to them, "But you're crazy. We threw Roosevelt Johnson out of Liberia in 1998 in the famous attack on Monrovia. How can you then come back and say that Roosevelt Johnson, along with the Government of Liberia, are bringing in arms into Robertsfield? What craziness is this, that the man that is at war with my government and I are involved in bringing in arms to the country?" Typical, typical intelligence. But it's not intelligence. This is what you call disinformation. But it is just flooded out there, and like the report sent from Mark Doyle when he spoke to US officials in Monrovia, they have a - "You have a public relations problem, deal with it."

So, I mean, most of this stuff as you're seeing here in this report, and I have to emphasise this, about Jackson saying he counsels Taylor, "Take these accusations one by one," these issues are not issues for courtrooms. What these countries do, they come up with an idea. They throw it out there. They may have no knowledge of the facts involved, and they leave you to fight it out, and after some time, they get it. So if you've got friends some place, they will say, "Well, wait a minute guys. This is not right." If Washington or maybe London or Paris back you, they will say, "Listen, cut thing out. It's wrong. Don't publish it any more." Other than that, it continues.

And it is not intended to reach to these levels. These are diplomatic tricks that are played. It's a part of a whole intelligence collection process that helps you to find out maybe that which you don't know. If somebody jumps and says what you want to hear, then it becomes something that you use, and this is the process that is going on here.

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