Bell Pottinger accused of offering rogue regimes access to politicians


By John Glenday, Reporter

December 6, 2011 | 1 min read

Tim Collins, director of Bell Pottinger, is facing allegations that he offered the leaders of rogue regimes, such as Uzbek President and Islam Karimov, access to top politicians – including David Cameron.

Colins was covertly recorded by the by a reporter from the Independent claiming to be a member of the Uzbek government wishing to improve the country’s image.

During the meeting Collins claimed he had arranged for David Cameron to speak to the Chinese prime minister on behalf of one of their business clients within 24 hours.

"I've been working with people like Steve Hilton, David Cameron, George Osborne for 20 years-plus. There is not a problem getting the messages through," Collins boasted.

Collins also stated that he could “drown” out negative Google results displaying child labour and human rights violations by “creating and maintaining third party blogs” which appeared to be independent and contained positive content.


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