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Opening up Britain's secret colonial files

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For decades the Foreign Office claimed there were no detailed local records kept from the end of empire.

But after a group of Kenyans brought a case against the government at the High Court, it admitted they did exist.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said he wants to release as many files as possible, subject to legal exemptions, and they're being sent to the National Archives.

The Today programme's Sanchia Berg reports.


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