Boris Johnson has “authorized” charity staff and animals to be “evacuated” from Kabul in the midst of a British operation to rescue people from Afghanistan, according to emails leaked by a Foreign Ministry whistleblower.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has denied as “complete nonsense” that he issued an instruction last August to transport animals by air from the Nowzad charity, run by Penn Farting, a former British soldier.
An e-mail from Lord Zack Goldsmith’s personal office, Minister for Foreign Affairs, British Commonwealth and Development, states: “The President has just authorized Nowzad” staff and animals to be evacuated “.
It was released by the House Foreign Affairs Committee as part of the evidence provided by Rafael Marshall, who worked for the FCDO as an officer in London. He accused Johnson in December of interfering in the evacuation to get the animals out of Kabul.
The email read: “[animal charity — name redacted] ■ area [details redacted] an animal charity that operates in Kabul and seeks to evacuate its own [details redacted] staff members (excluding animals).
“The equivalent Nowzad charity, run by a former Royal Infantryman, has received a lot of publicity and the Prime Minister has just allowed their staff and animals to be evacuated,” [animal charity — name redacted] hope to be treated in the same capacity (provided by LOTR). “
Earlier, Downing Street said the allegation that the prime minister had intervened in Novazad’s animals was “completely untrue.” Asked by a reporter in December, Johnson said: “This is complete nonsense.”
In his written evidence, Marshall said: “There was a direct compromise between transporting Novozad’s animals and evacuating UK citizens and evacuated Afghans, including Afghans who served with British soldiers.
Critics have accused the government of leaving thousands of suitable Afghans helping the West in the country, many of whom have since been killed by the Taliban since taking power last August.
Marshall said the FCDO had received between 75,000 and 150,000 evacuation requests from Afghans who were in danger because of their ties to the United Kingdom, but estimated that less than “5 per cent” of those people had received any to be help.
John Healy, the shadow defense minister, said: “Once again, the prime minister has been caught lying about what he has done and decided. He should never have given priority to flying animals from Afghanistan, while the Afghans who worked for our armed forces have been abandoned. “
A spokesman for the prime minister said on Wednesday: “It remains that the prime minister has not instructed officials to take any specific course of action.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace denied on Tuesday that Johnson had issued any instructions to monitor the safe passage of animals from Kabul.
Appearing before deputies in the elected committee on foreign affairs of the Municipality, Wallace insisted: “No one lobbied against me. . . The prime minister did not call. At no stage, at any stage, did the Prime Minister ask me to make way for these pets. Not at all. Never. ”
A letter leaked in December indicating Johnson’s parliamentary personal secretary, Trudy Harrison, told Farting that his staff and animals could be evacuated through Kabul airport.
In a letter sent on August 25, Harrison said the charity’s animals would leave Afghanistan on a “chartered flight” controlled by the Department of Defense.
Downing Street responded to the letter, saying: “It was an operational decision. Neither the Prime Minister nor Ms. Johnson were involved. This letter had nothing to do with Ms. Harrison’s role as PPS of the Prime Minister, she acted as an MP from the constituency. “