American Greatness: Historical documents released by the British Foreign Office show how a secretive team of British civil servants funded Reuters and tried to influence the international media in the 1960s and 1970s according to unclassified documents unveiled Monday, The Hill reports.
The British government secretly funded Reuters at the direction of an anti-Soviet propaganda organization with links to MI-6.
The money was used to expand Reuters coverage of the Middle East and Latin America. The documents said that Reuters “could and would provide” what the government needed, though the government officials conceded that Reuters did not want to appear to be taking orders or money directly from the British government, so the government used the BBC to conceal funding in making payments to the international news group.
“We are now in a position to conclude an agreement providing discreet Government support for Reuters services in the Middle East and Latin America,” reads a 1969 redacted secret British government document entitled “Funding of Reuters by HMG,” or Her Majesty’s Government. read more