On 3rd December 2017, the Sunday Times ran an article headlined "Brexit, dirty tricks and an international game of I spy" and wrongly stated that Christopher Chandler faced scrutiny by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) amid “disquiet” among MPs over the activities of the Legatum Institute, which he co-founded. Today the Sunday Times has published a clarification on this inaccuracy and we are grateful that they have set the record straight.
The article suggested that Dominic Grieve MP, chairman of the ISC, had said publicly that Mr Chandler and/or the Legatum Institute were being specifically “scoped” by the ISC. Dominic Grieve never said that Mr Chandler and/or the Institute were being specifically scoped. It is important for our reputation that this point has been clarified after several months of discussion with the Sunday Times and we can now close the matter.
This clarification is the latest in a series of corrections and apologies by leading publications in the UK who have corrected inaccurate and scurrilous articles about Legatum and its partners. Many of these falsehoods about Legatum have fallen away one by one and this is important for restoring the reputation of Legatum, its partners and the Legatum Institute.
The Sunday Times clarification and apology states:
"Our report “Brexit, dirty tricks and an international game of I spy” (December 3, 2017) said Christopher Chandler faces scrutiny by the intelligence and security committee (ISC) amid “disquiet” among MPs over the activities of the Legatum Institute, which he co-founded. Dominic Grieve MP, chairman of the ISC, who was quoted in the article, did not state that Mr Chandler and/or the institute are being specifically “scoped” by the ISC as part of its investigation into Russian involvement in British politics; rather that Russian activities against the UK are a subject of disquiet to parliamentarians and nothing had been formally ruled in or out of the inquiry’s scope. We are happy to set the record straight."