UK, Australia refused to share info

The United Kingdom and Australia refused to give the United States information on targets of its punitive measures, a cable leaked by whistleblower website Wiki Leaks has revealed.

“The British government refused to give the United States information on people that the US wanted to target for sanctions saying British law prohibited it from doing so.”

The US embassy in Harare had banked on getting information from the United Kingdom embassy because of the large number of Zimbabweans living in the UK.

According to diplomatic cables dispatched on 28 September 2007 and another on 1 October 2007, the UK embassy in Harare had initially told the US embassy that it could release the information provided the source would not be revealed.But it later backtracked telling the Americans that the British law prohibited disclosure of the requested information.

The Australians also refused to give information.

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