UK keeps report on extremism funding under wraps, citing security
search

UK keeps report on extremism funding under wraps, citing security

Opposition politicians accuse government of cover up

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd arrives for a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London, July 4, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd arrives for a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London, July 4, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

LONDON — British officials say they will not publish a government-commissioned report on extremism funding because its contents are too sensitive.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says she has decided against publishing the report “because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons.”

She released a summary Wednesday of findings of the review, commissioned in 2015 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

Opposition politicians have accused the government of suppressing the report amid speculation that it points to UK ally Saudi Arabia as a source of funds for Islamist extremists.

But, according to Rudd, it says most income for extremist comes from “small, anonymous public donations,” with some groups receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds (dollars) a year. It says “overseas funding is not a significant source” for most.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments