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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 September 2013

Mike Thomson examines controversies surrounding the disclosure of the Hanslope files, British government papers detailing brutality against Kenyans during the Mau Mau crisis of the 1950s.

The Hanslope papers had been airlifted back to the UK as Kenyan Independence approached - but were never incorporated into the National Archives.

Mike Thomson looks at the story behind the disclosure of documents and examines the implications for the keeping of public records in the UK.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.


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