TIL: During the Gallipoli campaign a famed war correspondent tasked Keith Murdoch with smuggling a letter back to Britain criticizing the campaign. Military press censors stopped Murdoch and confiscated the letter, Murdoch simply copied the letter from memory and added his name.

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  1. > Murdoch visited Anzac Cove at the beginning of September, then moved to the headquarters on the island of Imbros. Discussing the situation with other journalists, he was befriended by the Daily Telegraph correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, who was deeply concerned that censorship was being used to suppress criticism of the Dardanelles campaign, which, as Murdoch had seen for himself, had serious problems. Murdoch agreed to carry a letter from Ashmead-Bartlett to the British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith in London, written on 8 September, presenting his uncensored report of the situation. Hamilton quickly learned about the existence of this letter (another British reporter, Henry Nevinson, has been blamed for this but his biography points to an official Royal Navy war photographer).[5] Reaching France on his route to London, Murdoch was arrested by Military Police in Marseille and the letter was confiscated. Arriving in London on 21 September, he spent some time at the Australian High Commission composing his own letter to his Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher, in a similar vein to the Ashmead-Bartlett letter and particularly critical of the British general and administrative staff:

    The gist of it is: Military press censors released Murdoch and just assumed he wasn’t a threat. They didn’t account for the possibility that he would A) Write a similar letter or B) that the lesser known Murdoch was capable of finding an alternative political backchannel.

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