The row over the extradition of the NatWest Three intensified on Friday when a government minister accused the bankers involved of using a highly skilled public relations campaign to win over the public.
Baroness Scotland, who flew to Washington yesterday in an attempt to persuade the US to sign the 2003 extradition treaty at the centre of the controversy, said: "The defence has conducted one of the best PR campaigns ever seen."
She added that the case of David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby had involved a "frenzy of misunderstanding and distortion" perpetuated by the press, while it had also damaged the "special relationship" between the UK and US.
Before setting off for the US, the home office minister insisted those opposing the treaty had based their views on "myths". "There see...