keeping an eye on the Kingdom's PR
Nature of Business: Strategic advisory and corporate security
40 George Street
London W1U 7DW (map)
|Fees and Expenses: $2,370,000|
Relationship with Bahrain Government
G3 was hired by the Bahrain government's Information Affairs Authority in July 2011, according to official tender documents, for a sum of £1.5 million (US$ 2,370,000). G3 was tasked with developing a "media campaign to support Bahrain's position in the international community".
Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb is a retired British army officer who now works as a "special adviser" to G3. He has had a distinguished career in the British Army, having served as the commander of the SAS and Commander Field Army, and held senior military positions in the Western military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been particularly outspoken in the media about his views on the political unrest in Bahrain, without at any point clarifying that his company has been contracted to do PR for the government.
Among the pieces written by Graeme Lamb, or about his views on Bahrain published in the media are:
- Times of London: Don't Lump Bahrain In With Libya and Syria, Aug 15, 2011
- Guardian: Why narrowly cast the push for democracy as the 'Arab spring'?, Feb 22, 2012
- Bahrain News Agency: Former British General praises reforms, efforts, Feb 23, 2012
- Gulf Daily News: Bahrain has every right to be respected, Feb 23, 2012
- Gulf Daily News: A 'little gem of a country', Feb 23, 2012
- Gulf Daily News: Listen to the silent majority!, Feb 23, 2012
After Lamb's relationship to G3 and its £1.5m contract with the Bahraini regime came to light, he denied having any knowledge about the contract when he was airing his views on Bahrain. Speaking to the Telegraph he asserted:
"I now know that is the case [that G3 was paid by Bahrain]."
"A number of people are trying to add two and two together to make four, or six. You'll say whatever you are going to say, but [my support for Bahrain] is not part of that contract. It is something that I have believed for a long time and it is nothing to do with any business interests I have."
Lt Gen Lamb has not spoken much in public about Bahrain since.
Fees and Expenses
£1.5 million ($2,370,000)
Date of Hiring
- Bahrain Tender Board: Awarded tenders of July 2011 (see item no. 97)
- Chan'ad Bahraini: Western apologists and their PR ties, Feb 24, 2012
- The Telegraph: Graeme Lamb: British general's company paid to support Bahrain dictatorship, Mar 11, 2012
- The Telegraph: Inside the corporate intelligence company which bankrolled Liam Fox, Oct 22, 2011