But yesterday the suspended Labour MP pledged to continue his claim for damages against The Christian Science Monitor and called on the British Government to investigate what he described as a “conspiracy” against him.
Mr Galloway, suspended from the Labour Party after describing Tony Blair and George Bush as wolves during an interview on Arabic television before the war with Iraq, said he would also continue his legal action against The Daily Telegraph, which published separate allegations against him. Charles Moore, the editor, said his paper’s allegations against Mr Galloway were unconnected to the Monitor story.
A document dated January 2003 is said to have authorised a cheque of $3m in recognition of Mr Galloway’s “courageous and daring stands against the enemies of Iraq, like [Tony] Blair, the British Prime Minister, and for his opposition in the House of Commons and Lords against all outrageous lies against our patient people”.
The Daily Telegraph said its story was based on different documents found in different circumstances and were unearthed by their reporter, David Blair, in the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad