Thursday, December 2, 2010
'We let in some crazies': Cameron admits U.K. went soft on radical Muslims
David Cameron told the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan that the Labour government 'let in some crazies', leaked diplomatic documents have revealed.
In secret meetings before becoming Prime Minister, he promised the Americans he would toughen policy towards Pakistan.
Mr Cameron and George Osborne met Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks.
The American put them under pressure to do more to combat terrorism by making use of the 'striking connections' between the Pakistani community in the UK and militants in their 'home country'.
Mr Holbrooke reported to Washington: 'On the radicalisation of British Pakistanis, Cameron said the UK had "gotten it wrong domestically"... he argued that PM Brown's policy had been too willing to engage with radicalised but non-violent Muslim groups... "We let in some crazies," Cameron said, "and didn't wake up soon enough".'