Media 22 February 2017 The Daily Mail attacks its own campaign over Guantanamo Bay story “Utter hypocrisy.” Anoosh Chakelian/Mail screengrab Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Fresh from planning the metropolitan liberal revolution, in which he called on Britain to “rise up” against Brexit, everyone’s favourite former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has waded into public discourse again. This time, to attack the Daily Mail. The Mail’s front page story today – headlined “I.S. Suicide Bomber You Paid £1million” – condemns “intense lobbying from Tony Blair’s government” for the release of a British-born Guantanamo detainee called Jamal al-Harith (or Ronald Fiddler, the name he was given at birth) in 2004, who has committed a suicide attack on behalf of Islamic State. Blair is enraged by the “utter hypocrisy” of the paper – it was the Mail that led a campaign for al-Harith’s release at the time, running an article headlined “Freedom At Last For Guantanamo Britons” when he was freed. “I would not normally respond to daily stories about events which happened during my time in office but on this occasion I will do so, given the utter hypocrisy with which this story is being covered,” Blair comments in a post on his website. “It is correct that Jamal al-Harith was released from Guantanamo Bay at the request of the British Government in 2004. This followed a Parliamentary and massive media campaign, led by the Daily Mail, the very paper that is now supposedly so outraged at his release and strongly supported by the then Conservative Opposition.” He also points out that the Jihadi, who blew himself up in Iraq this week, was paid compensation under the Tory government in 2010. Tony Blair response to Jamal al-Harith story: https://t.co/DKgYeEnvAS pic.twitter.com/2iPTL7AjmP — Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) February 22, 2017 Your mole realises that this story will cause much heartache for its leftier readers – so do address your dilemma by telling us who you side with in this Alien vs. Predator setup: › What is the Scottish Six and why are people getting so upset about it? I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!