Advice to BT et al. from a Yank
> Today BT's spokesman ... refused to elaborate, citing fears the project would become a "hostage to fortune".
Gawl darnit Mr. BT-spokesman, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.
The only damage-in-the-future fortune that could befall you (BT) is in the finding out through further FOIA requests even more "inconsistencies" behind your (BT's) public spinning. Take a lead from PR-savvy American companies: Militate against any potential PR disaster by publishing the *complete* (and verifiable) data on the who / what / when / where / how for all of your (BT's) unknown trials. Mitigate the current fallout from the known trials by doing the same. You (BT) could just come clean, take your chances in court, and move on. (Then sin no more, yes?)
It's too simple, really. If you (BT) did nothing wrong, then you (BT) have nothing to hide. It's the post-facto lying, not the original sin, that'll get you (anyone) in the pokey every time.
/s/ A Yank helping to fight terrorism beyond our shores.
x-El-Reg-audience: Irony and sarcasm thresholds exceeded; proceed at your own risk.