Embassy Press Releases
15 April 2014 U.S. Air Force Culture & Language Center Prepares General Officers for Deployment Three Air Force general officers will soon assume command in key overseas assignments, and they’ll come to those jobs with a deeper understanding of cross-cultural concepts, thanks to the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s General Officer Pre-Deployment Acculturation Course.
06 February 2014 US-UK Law Enforcement Agency Cooperation Results in Arrest of Child Sex Offender Antelope Valley man arrested for allegedly producing child pornography of 3-month-old. Infant rescued and placed in protective custody.
30 January 2014 DHS News Release Re Sentencing of British Sex Offender A United Kingdom citizen was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for sexually abusing children to produce child pornography, following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Dorset Police, and the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command. Mark Luscombe, 29, of Verwood, England, was sentenced Jan. 29 to five years in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court.
12 December 2013 Two British Nationals Plead Guilty to Terrorism-Related Charges in New Haven Federal Court Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to conspiring to provide and providing material support, including funds, personnel and physical items, to terrorists. The charges stem from their involvement in, and operation of, “Azzam Publications,” an entity in London that provided material support to the Chechen mujahideen, the Taliban and associated terrorist groups.
04 December 2013 Photos from Ambassador Barzun's Credentialing Ceremony (via Flickr)
02 December 2013 Statement by Ambassador Matthew Barzun on Glasgow Helicopter Crash
13 November 2013 U.S. Mission Breaks Ground for New Embassy in London Today, in an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the United Kingdom, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew W. Barzun, Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Lydia Muniz, and Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in the Nine Elms neighborhood in London.
01 October 2013 Effects of 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown for the UK The lapse in government appropriations means many activities of the U.S. Government are being shut down. Within the legal limitations, there are certain types of overseas activities carried out by the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom that will continue. The activities are those to protect U.S. citizens, safeguard national security, and advance trade and economic interests.
30 September 2013 U.S. Embassy London Service News during any U.S. Government Shutdown
19 September 2013 Invest in North America Conference October 1st at Guildhall Canada, Mexico and the United States are joining forces for the first time to invite UK and European business leaders to learn more about investing in one of the world’s most successful trading blocks, representing a market of more than 460 million consumers.
23 August 2013 New U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun Arrives Matthew Winthrop Barzun, the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, arrived in London this morning to take up his duties.
09 August 2013 U.S. Embassy London welcomes new Chargé d'Affaires Elizabeth Dibble has arrived in London today to take up her role of Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy to the Court of St. James’s.
11 July 2013 U.S. Embassy in London Announces New Visa Information and Appointment Booking Service The U.S. Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Belfast are transitioning to a new visa information and appointment booking system, which includes a free online appointment booking service for nonimmigrant visa applicants. This new system is being implemented worldwide.
21 June 2013 UK Citizen Paul Holmes Receives 2013 TIP Heroes Award Paul Holmes, of the United Kingdom, has received a 2013 TIP Heroes Award for his expertise in promoting a victim-centered, human rights-based criminal justice response to human trafficking, and for his development of investigative techniques that are a model training tool used around the world.
13 June 2013 U.S. Embassy YouTube Video Explains the G8 U.S. Embassy London has produced a fast paced and engaging YouTube video explaining what the G8 is, how it is structured and why it exists in its current format.
30 May 2013 United States and United Kingdom Law Enforcement Share Forfeited Proceeds In 2000, the National Crime Squad of England and Wales (NCS, now SOCA) initiated an undercover investigation targeting chemical brokers and distributors involved in distributing precursors for the production of [MDMA or ecstasy]. Based on the lead provided by the NCS, the DEA San Diego Field Division launched "Operation Triple X." leading to the arrest of 26 individuals and the seizure of approximately $836,000.00.
16 May 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: ICE deports man convicted in Pennsylvania of attempted criminal homicide and assault to the UK A United Kingdom man, convicted of attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault in Pennsylvania, was deported from the United States May 14. He was escorted to Belfast International Airport by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). The man was order removed from the United States by a federal immigration judge.
26 April 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: UK Citizens Guilty in International Investment Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme A federal jury found two citizens of the United Kingdom guilty Friday for their role in an international investment fraud and money laundering scheme following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Secret Service.
26 April 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: British Actor Pleads Guilty to Persuading Children to Produce Pornography – A British citizen and resident of Celebration pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of production of child pornography using the Internet. The guilty plea resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and the former Child Predator Cybercrime Unite of the Florida Attorney General's Office.
16 April 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: British man extradited to face child exploitation charges after HSI probe Richard Castle, 46, a resident of the United Kingdom, has been extradited to the United States to face charges of coercion of a minor, travelling with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor and transferring obscene material to minors. The charges are related to a trip he allegedly made to Ohio from his home in order to have sexual relations with a juvenile in June 2011.
31 January 2013 Schedule of Vice President Biden's Trip to Europe
01 November 2012 U.S. DoJ Press Release re British Businessman Christopher Tappin In federal court in El Paso this morning, 66-year-old British businessman Christopher Tappin of Orpington, Kent, reversed his not-guilty plea and admitted to attempting to export to Iran a special component of the Hawk Air Defense Missile announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis Ulrich, El Paso Division.
16 October 2012 Official Statement by the U.S. Department of Justice: U.S. Reaction to Home Secretary’s Extradition Announcements
• Comments by DoS Spokeswoman re: U.S. Reaction to UK Home Secretary’s Extradition Announcements
05 October 2012 Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the Extradition of Five Terrorism Suspects to the U.S. for Trial The United States is pleased that the UK judicial authorities approved the extraditions of Abu Hamza al-Masri, Adel Abdul Bary, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Babar Ahmad, and Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States to
face prosecution in U.S. courts on terrorism charges. These individuals are being transferred to the United States.
• Fact Sheet on extradition of 5 terrorism suspects for prosecution in the U.S., October 2012
• Fact Sheet: The Five Terrorism Defendants Extradited to the U.S. for Trial in New York and Connecticut
17 September 2012 DHS Presents 2 Million Dollars (1.232 Million Pounds) to Bailiwick of Jersey for Assistance in Drug Trafficking Case Today the Bailiwick of Jersey, a UK Crown Dependency, received a check for two million dollars (about £1,232,400) from the United States Government. Matthew Etre, U.S. Embassy London’s Attaché for U.S. Homeland Security Investigations presented the check to Timothy Le Cocq, QC, Attorney General for Jersey.
14 September 2012 Condolence Form on the Death of American Diplomatic Personnel Personnel in Benghazi If you would like to send us an electronic condolence message that we can forward to Washington to be shared with the victim's families, please see our condolence form page. Thank you.
11 September 2011 9/11 Wreath Laying 11th September 2012 (8 photos at Facebook.com) Ambassador Susman and his wife Marjorie placed a wreath at the 9/11 memorial in Grosvenor Square this morning. This afternoon as part of the International Day of Service, Embassy staff will be cleaning up the American garden in Battersea Park.
06 September 2012 Ambassador Susman's Remarks at Eid Al-Fitr 2012
18 July 2012 Wychwood Dialogues Press Statement The Deputy Chief of Mission Barbara Stephenson recently introduced a series of U.S. public policy discussions taking place at her home “Wychwood House” December 2011. The discussions known as the "Wychwood Dialogues” help UK audiences understand how certain U.S. policy initiatives are advancing on local and state levels, while slowly being enacted on the federal level.
10 April 2012 Decision of the European Court of Human Rights The United States is pleased with the finding of the European Court of Human Rights regarding defendants Babar Ahmad, Syed Ahsan, Mustafa Kamal Mustafa (Abu Hamza), Adel Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz.
03 April 2012 Visa Processing Fees To Change In Fiscal Year 2012, the Department of State estimates it will process 10.5 million nonimmigrant visas and one million immigrant visas and as result, they are adjusting the fees for processing these visas to better reflect the costs of providing these services.
07 March 2012 FBI Announces $1 Million Reward for Missing Retired FBI Agent Bob Levinson This week on the five year anniversary of his disappearance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announces a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery and return of Robert A. Levinson.
05 January 2011 Fact Sheet: Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense After 10 years of war the United States and our military are at a strategic inflection point. Seminal changes require a reshaping of our defense priorities. The global security environment has grown more complex; at the same time as we end our military mission in Iraq, transition our mission in Afghanistan, continue to pursue al Qaeda and its leadership, and our nation faces serious deficit and debt problems.
04 January 2012 Foreign Press Center's 2012 Election Programming The U.S. Embassy London Press Office would like to make journalists aware of the Foreign Press Center 2012 Elections webpage. This page includes a link to sign up for e-mail updates; reference articles and materials; and contact information for state caucuses, primaries, and candidates. Updates will be posted on the webpage and sent out via email mailing lists as the election season progresses.
30 November 2011 Ambassador Susman's statement to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Select Committee regarding the U.S.-UK Extradition Treaty
• Fact Sheet on the U.S.-UK Extradition Treaty
• Report of the UK’s Independent Review Panel on Extradition
23 November 2011 Ambassador Susman's Thanksgiving Remarks at St Paul's Cathedral "All Americans here in London appreciate the opportunity to mark Thanksgiving amid the splendor of this magnificent cathedral. There are few feelings to match the immense pride that comes from the sound of 2,000 of our fellow citizens singing ‘God Bless America’."
18 October 2011 Report of the UK’s Independent Review Panel on Extradition The Extradition Panel, appointed by the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Theresa May in September 2010 to review the UK’s extradition practices, has concluded that the U.S.-UK treaty is balanced and fair. The Home Secretary presented the Panel’s report to Parliament today.
12 September 2011 Ambassador Susman's Remarks at Eid Al-Fitr Ambassador Susman's remarks at Winfield House on the occasion on Eid Al-Fitr.
09 September 2011 U.S. Embassy Volunteers Commemorate September 11th at Battersea Park’s ‘American Ground’ Nearly 100 volunteers are participating in a Day of Service to
commemorate September 11th in Battersea Park. The
volunteers – from the U.S. Embassy in London, the disability gardening
charity Thrive, and Wandsworth Council – are joining forces to restore
the ‘American Ground,’ a 19th century garden in need of upgrading and
• All photos from the event are on Flickr!
20 July 2011 U.S. Embassy Position on Congestion Charge The U.S. Embassy in London conscientiously abides by all UK law
18 April 2011 U.S. Foreign Policy & The Role of Young People In A Changing World Remarks by Ambassador Susman at St Andrews University, Scotland, UK
28 February 2011 Beware of Diversity Visa Scams on the Internet The U.S. Embassy in London has received thousands of enquiries from people who are victims of a world-wide scam involving the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, also known as the visa lottery. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from Diversity Visa applicants. To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, please read the following advice from the Embassy.
20 January 2011 Ambassador Susman on the 50th Anniversary John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address 50 years ago today, President Kennedy’s words, spoken on a bright, bitterly cold January morning in Washington, D.C., inspired a generation of Americans, myself included, to seek opportunities for public service. On that day I was in law school in St. Louis, and watched the inaugural on TV, transfixed as our new President uttered the words that would change countless lives.
09 December 2010 The Deplorable Wikileaks Disclosures This op-ed by Ambassador Susman appeared in The Guardian newspaper on Friday, 10 December.
28 November 2010 Statement by U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman on Potential Wikileaks Disclosure "Any unauthorized disclosure of classified information by Wikileaks has the very real potential to harm innocent individuals as well as efforts to advance objectives we share with the United Kingdom and nations around the world: nonproliferation and arms control, addressing violent extremism, and promoting the spread of democracy and human rights, to name just a few. Given the potential impact, I condemn without reservation such unauthorized disclosures and my government is taking steps to prevent future security breaches. We have briefed the U.K. government and other friends and allies around the world about the potential impact of these disclosures."
25 November 2010 Ambassador Susman's Thanksgiving Remarks at St Paul's Cathedral
18 November 2010 Civil Society Leaders Share Stories of Afghanistan Three civil society leaders working on the ground in Afghanistan in the areas of human rights, agriculture and women and child protection are visiting the UK from 17 to 20 November to meet with British civil society peers, think tanks and academics.
09 September 2010 U.S. Embassy London Statement on "Burn the Quran Day". The U.S. government is deeply concerned about all deliberate attempts to offend members of any religious or ethnic group. We condemn such acts as disrespectful, intolerant, divisive, and unrepresentative of American values.
26 July 2010 U.S. Letter Regarding Continued Detention of Megrahi The July 25 Sunday Times article, “Revealed: US double-talk on Lockerbie,” included leaked excerpts of the August 12, 2009 letter from U.S. Embassy Chargé Richard LeBaron to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. The article does not accurately reflect the strong and consistent opposition of the U.S. government to the release or transfer under any scenario of convicted PanAm 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. We are therefore taking the exceptional step of releasing the full text of this letter and have informed British and Scottish authorities.
21 April 2010 U.S.
Government Unveils New Design for
the $100 Note Officials from the U.S. Department of the Treasury,
Federal Reserve Board and the United States Secret Service today
new design for the $100 note. Complete with advanced technology to
counterfeiting, the new design for the $100 note retains the traditional
• $100 Note Security Features
• $100 Note Fact Sheet
• Currency Milestones Fact sheet
19 April 2010 U.S. Embassy Support to U.S.
Citizens Caught in Volcano Related Travel Disruptions The U.S. Embassy in
London is fully committed to helping U.S. citizens cope with this unprecedented
travel situation. We are in close contact with the UK authorities and are doing
everything possible to help stranded U.S. citizens get in touch with the Embassy
and remain informed about the latest developments.
• Consular Notice on Volcanic Ash
16 April 2010 Bristol Community Celebrates Social Cohesion through Music with Help of U.S. Embassy From April 12-16, eighteen Fairfield High School students from diverse backgrounds learned improvisational techniques and traditional music skills such as rhythm, pitch and melody during a weeklong songwriting workshop aimed at encouraging individual creativity and community cohesion through music. Three instructors from the U.S.-based Modern Improvisational Music Association (MIMA), with funding from the U.S. Embassy, led the workshops, in partnership with Bristol’s American-born High Sheriff Peaches Golding, OBE.
29 March 2010 Wandsworth Student Wins Official Study Trip to United States Priscilla Mensah's eyes widened and she gasped as she heard her name announced before an audience of fellow students. The student from Wandsworth's Burntwood School had just won the first prize for a speech on citizenship she had delivered at a March 24th debate competition hosted by the U.S. Embassy.
18 February 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama to Meet London Students at the
White House The American Embassy in London is pleased to announce that First Lady
Michelle Obama will meet with ten students from schools across the London
borough of Islington today. The visit to the White House is part of a tour of
Washington D.C. funded by the American Embassy for the winners of a Black
History Month essay competition held in the Islington secondary schools. Related:
• British Ambassador to Washington, Nigel Sheinwald meets the winners at the Embassy in Washington
• Remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama Meeting with British Essay Contest Winners (Whitehouse.gov)
• Related clips from news organizations: Sky News and BBC News
15 January 2010 U.S. Embassy London Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The United States Embassy will commemorate the life and work of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through two events honoring his legacy on Monday, January 18, 2010. In the morning U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman and embassy staff will participate in a volunteer event at St. Matthias Church in Poplar and in the afternoon Ambassador Susman will host prominent civil rights activists and students for a memorial concert and reading at his residence.
13 October 2009 Ambassador Susman presents Credentials
11 September 2009 Ambassador and Mrs. Susman Lay Wreath for Victims of 9/11 On the morning of the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, Ambassador and Mrs. Susman placed a wreath at a memorial in Grosvenor Square honoring British victims. Accompanying them was Deputy Chief of Mission Richard LeBaron.
17 August 2009 New U.S Ambassador Arrives in London Touching down at Heathrow on a direct flight from Chicago, President Obama’s new Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis Susman and wife Marjorie Susman, arrived in London this morning. “Marjorie and I are delighted to be here in the United Kingdom. And I am grateful to the President for the confidence that he’s shown in asking me to represent the United States with our most trusted ally,” Ambassador Susman said on arrival.
30 July 2009 Swearing In Of Louis B. Susman, New U.S. Ambassador To The Court Of St. James's The United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Louis B. Susman, was sworn in on July 29 in Washington, D.C. by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband attended the ceremony, as did the British Ambassador to the U.S., Sir Nigel Sheinwald.
26 June 2009 On July 28, 2008, Ambassador Tuttle at the American Embassy in London received a letter from an organization called Marine Environmental Monitoring. They said that an American seaturtle, called a Kemp’s Ridley seaturtle had been found in Devon in January 2007, and had been nursed back to health, but that they were having trouble getting the necessary paperwork to return the turtle to the United States. Could we help, they asked? U.S. Embassy London's involvement in her rescue is shown here on our Youtube video.
12 March 2009 Response to the Shooting of Policeman in Northern Ireland The United States commends the people of Northern Ireland and the authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland for their constructive response to recent sectarian murders. It is clear that the vast majority of people reject violence and murder as the tools of terrorism, not politics.
14 January 2009 Making Sure The Honeymoon Isn't Over : Newlyweds Advised to Avoid Post-Dated Passports if Travelling to the U.S. Travelers engaged to be married and planning to use a post-dated passport with a new surname to travel to the America for their honeymoon should be aware of changes in travel procedures that could affect their trip. This is due to the New Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which recognizes only current and not post-dated passports. While ESTA can accommodate last-minute applications, honeymooners may want to consider obtaining a new passport in their married name after their trip.
07 January 2009 Less Than One Week Away: New Travel Procedures Become Mandatory For British Citizens Traveling to the United States In less than one week, British citizens eligible to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will need to register on line with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before departure. Beginning January 12, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries - including the UK - will be required by law to get travel authorization prior to boarding the airplane.
09 January 2009 U.S. Embassy Press Notice on Guantanamo Bay Reports in the media suggesting that U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert Tuttle had confirmed that talks with the UK about Guantanamo Bay detainees were at an advanced stage and that a "formal request" had been made to the UK to accept detainees are erroneous.
12 December 2008 One Month Away: New Requirements for British Citizens Traveling to the U.S. A rough estimate of the number of UK travelers heading to the U.S. next month indicates only about 50 percent of those who qualify to travel visa-free are registering with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The goal is to have 100 percent of all eligible UK travelers signed on by January 12 - just one month from now - when ESTA registration in advance of travel becomes mandatory.
24 November 2008 ESTA : New Requirements for British Citizens Traveling to the United States Beginning 12 January 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries - including the UK - will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to traveling to the United States under the VWP. Travelers can register for authorization online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a free Internet application administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a U.S. government Web site. This web site is available today and all UK citizens planning to travel to the US in the future are encouraged to apply now.
21 November 2008 Don't Gamble on Fraud to Win the Diversity Visa Lottery Unscrupulous businesses and attorneys are trying to lure British citizens into participating in a visa program that's not available to them. The U.S. Embassy in London has received reports of organizations which claim that - for a fee - they can make it easier to enter or win the U.S. State Department's annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also known as the "green card lottery."
19 November 2008 American Embassy Pays Tribute to Ian Ralston, Former Director at Liverpool John Moores University Ambassador Robert Tuttle today paid tribute to a British academic who has devoted 30 years of his life to furthering understanding of the United States to students in the Liverpool area and beyond.
02 October 2008 U.S. Takes First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation
11 September 2008 Ambassador and Mrs. Tuttle Lay Wreath for Victims of 9/11
• Hi-resolution images from the event are also available
11 September 2008 The New Age of Public Diplomacy James K. Glassman, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, at Chatham House.
26 June 2008 Press Briefing with Ambassador David M. Satterfield Ambassador David Satterfield, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and Coordinator for Iraq, discussed recent developments in Iraq at a June 26 press briefing at the Foreign Press Association in London, in which he described Iraq as "a dynamic country...experiencing considerable and significant transformation and evolution, the consequence of the last 18 months of steadily diminishing violence, progressive security, progressive stabilization."
06 February 2008 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Briefing En Route London
22 January 2008 American Visions Photo Contest Winners