A whistleblower at Britain’s Foreign Office told Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in London on Monday that Johnson’s decision had been taken “on a large scale”. The Prime Minister strongly rejects these allegations.
Josie Stewart said she saw the chat messages, listened to the discussions and was encoded into multiple emails that clearly indicate this. Johnson’s special representative in Afghanistan, Nigel Casey, did not dispute this either. Earlier, another State Department informant provided an internal email stating that the prime minister had allowed the evacuation of staff and animals.
The rescue of Nawzad, a pet of a former British soldier by animal welfare organizations, with the help of British forces during the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital in the summer of 2021 is highly controversial. Critics fear the evacuation is at the expense of people who fear reprisals from the hardline Islamist Taliban movement. Thousands of people with ties to Britain were left behind in the country due to the rapid withdrawal of troops.
Casey, Johnson’s special counsel, said he had found no evidence of the prime minister’s interference in his emails. Whistleblower Stewart disagreed. Stewart said she received at least one email that included the abbreviation “prime minister” and the word “nowzad,” which was also sent to Casey.
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