Exposing Diplomatic Bags

Exposure reporter Mark Williams-Thomas goes undercover as a criminal who wants to move stolen art, gold, diamonds and large quantities of cash out of the country using diplomatic bags that cannot be searched.

Undercover footage shows meetings with a Nigerian High Commission worker (pictured) who claims he can smuggle these items illicitly using diplomatic connections. 

“The easiest way is that, let’s say this box is loaded with $1 million and they are going out with it or gold, or diamond. With my link, we use a diplomatic vehicle from here straight to Heathrow or Gatwick… They will not open the box they are bringing out. It’s not a problem.”  

Exposure: Inside The Diplomatic Bag, Wednesday 26th March at 10.35pm.

For further in-depth analysis and to watch clips from the investigation go to AP Emma Slater’s article on the ITV website: 

“Caught on camera: Embassy worker who says he can smuggle stolen goods out of the UK in diplomatic bags” 


What the papers say about Exposure: Inside The Diplomatic Bag

The Mirror – “Foreign diplomats ‘responsible for 88 serious crimes including trafficking and sexual assault’, TV show claims”


The Express – “Embassy workers use ‘diplomatic immunity’ in UK to avoid sexual assault allegations”


The Sunday Times TV & Radio: “The best of the week ahead”


“In this edition of the current affairs series, Mark-Williams-Thomas goes undercover to investigate claims of a member of embassy staff who says he is able to use his position to commit crimes. The programme also hears how diplomatic bags that cannot be searched could be used to smuggle drugs and other items across borders. It beats Sir Humphrey or Bernard announcing a call from a Mr. Haig, a Mr Johnny Walker or a Mr Smirnoff for the Rt Hon Jim Hacker at “dry” political soiree in the Middle East.”