The Guardian claimed a victory of sorts today in its award-winning four-year investigation into allegations of corruption at BAE systems after a high court judgment ruled that the government should never have dropped its inquiry into the matter.
Journalist David Leigh explains how he uncovered allegations of a corrupt relationship between BAE and the Saudi Royal family by using documents obtained from whistle blowers and files in the National Archives to turn over evidence to Robert Wardle, director of the Serious Fraud Office, to enable him to start an investigation.
In a leader, The Guardian states: “Backhanders, slush funds and the machinery of death. Award-winning Guardian reporting has already established that the dealings of BAE systems are decidedly unsavoury. Yesterday, however, the high court ruled that the favour shown to the firm and its Saudi clients was also unconstitutional.”
The impressive Guardian mini website on the BAE files is well worth a browse.