Embassy Press Releases

2018 Day of Service at R.O.S.E Community Centre

Current and former U.S. Embassy London press releases are listed below in chronological order.  For questions about these materials or older press releases please contact the Embassy Press Office.  For archived content you can also refer to our official Website Archive site.

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December 04, 2018
Four defendants charged in Panama Papers investigation for their roles in Panamanian-based global law firm’s decades-long scheme to defraud the U.S.
Four individuals have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in the Southern District of New York with wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and other offenses in connection with their alleged roles in a decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca & Co. (“Mossack Fonseca”), a Panamanian-based global law firm, and related entities.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations  New York made the announcement today.
“Law firms, asset managers, and accountants play key roles enabling entry into the global financial system,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “The charges announced today demonstrate our commitment to prosecute professionals who facilitate financial crime across international borders and the tax cheats who utilize their services.”

November 05, 2018
Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter on the High Seas
Lewis Bennett, 41, a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing his wife, Isabella Hellman, while on board a sailing vessel on the high seas.

October 04, 2018
U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Related Influence and Disinformation Operations
A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania has indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, for computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.

September 14, 2018
U.S. Embassy volunteers help out across Battersea and Nine Elms to remember 9/11
Today, officials from the United States Embassy celebrated the 2018 Day of Service by volunteering to at local schools across Battersea and throughout the Nine Elms area. Volunteers helped with landscaping, rubbish clean-up and sports events. Approximately 60 Embassy staff and family members worked jointly with staff from the Wandsworth Council and residents.

June 18, 2018 
UK Delegation Gears Up For 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit
The U.S. Embassy London announced today that the UK delegation heads to Washington D.C. to participate in the SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 20-22, 2018. The Investment Summit, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, is the highest profile event to connect global companies and U.S. economic development organizations to facilitate foreign direct investment in the United States.


December 14, 2017
Address of the New U.S. Embassy London
The new U.S. Embassy in London is in Nine Elms and will open to the public on January 16, 2018.

October 03, 2017
Ambassador Johnson @USAmbUK: “Our flag has been lowered to half-staff as we mourn all the loved ones who were murdered & injured in yesterday  horrible tragedy in Las Vegas.”
We have set up a virtual condolence book online.

September 12, 2017
Ambassador Johnson’s Remarks to the Pilgrims of Great Britain
Ambassador Johnson made his first UK speech to one of the oldest & most esteemed Anglo-American organizations, The Pilgrims of Great Britain.

June 26, 2017
First World War ‘Doughboys’ arrive at Newcastle Central Train Station
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 is the latest in an acclaimed series of centenary photographic exhibitions, created by Michael St Maur Sheil, to document the battlefields of the First World War as they are today. Newcastle is the third stop on a six city tour of the exhibition, which is supported by the U.S. Embassy in London.

May 15, 2017
U.S. Embassy London, National World War I Museum and Memorial and Liverpool ONE
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 is the latest in an acclaimed series of centenary photographic exhibitions, created by Michael St Maur Sheil, to document the battlefields of the First World War as they are today.  Liverpool is the second stop on a six city tour of the exhibition, which is supported by the U.S. Embassy in London.



27 July 2016 Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London  U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a Global Entry enrollment center at the U.S. Embassy in London for 60 days beginning on September 26. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants can now register for an interview with a CBP officer at the London location on the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

21 June 2016 Announcing the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit   The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit  will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. For the event, delegates from the UK will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers and leaders in the entrepreneurship space.  These innovative entrepreneurs will be joined by high-level Government officials, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of USAID Gayle Smith, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

10 June 2016  Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King Travel to London and Brussels; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

01 June 2016 U.S. Embassy London Launches #NationalParkContest Photo Competition     The U.S. Embassy in London is launching a photo competition to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial. The contest will launch June 1 and final submissions are due on the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.
We encourage UK residents to show off their best photo for a chance to win a pair of American Airlines roundtrip tickets to any destination in the continental United States.

06 June 2016  Special Envoy Thomas Perriello Travel to the United Kingdom, Italy, and Belgium; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

19 May 2016 Statement by France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Post-JCPOA Business with Iran;   Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

19 April 2016  Fishackathon 2016   The U.S. Embassy is organizing a Fishackathon, 22-24 April 2016. The Fishackathon is a U.S. Department of State initiative, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference to develop usable solutions to address worldwide overfishing. The hackathon brings together computer programmers, fisheries experts and environmentalists to find innovative ways to collect and analyze data, and find solutions for unsustainable fishing practices. An expert panel of judges will evaluate the presentations to select a winner from each Fishackathon contest site.

11 March  2016  Global Entry to Benefit Travelers from Northern Ireland   A new initiative launched by United States Customs and Border Protection  will allow pre-approved, U.K. passport holders to gain expedited clearance upon arrival in the United States.  Speaking about the initiative, Consul General Daniel Lawton said: “The United States is a popular destination for Northern Ireland business and vacation travelers.  This program can facilitate and boost travel between our two countries.”    Currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations, streamlines the screening process for trusted travelers.  As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre expedited screening program.

21 January 2015 United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program   The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Under the Act, travelers in [certain] categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.  These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process at their embassies or consulates.

19 January 2015 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker opens registration for 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Matthew Barzun today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage” and will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors, while high-profile business and government leaders will share their insights on the latest innovation and trends.


03 November 2015 Announcing the expansion of Global Entry Frequent Traveler Program to UK Citizens U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Director General of the Border Force Sir Charles Montgomery announced the expansion of Global Entry to U.K. citizens today at the World Travel Market.  Global Entry allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

28 August 2015 ISN Press Statement : U.S. Deposits Instruments of Ratification for the 2005 Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation and the 2005 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf

15 July 2015 Department of Justice Announces Major Computer Hacking Forum Dismantled    The computer hacking forum known as Darkode was dismantled, and criminal charges have been filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere against 12 individuals associated with the forum.

10 April 2015 Halifax Man Arrested In Movie Leaks Investigation  A joint investigation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the City of London Police, and the Motion Picture Association of America led to the arrest of a man suspected of leaking top hit movies on the Internet.

Pilgrims of Great Britain

26 March 2015 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Partners with City of London Police on Intellectual Property Care   Today, Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (I) and the City of London Police signed an official memorandum of understanding Tuesday to further strengthen collaboration on cases involving intellectual property crime.

19 March 2015 U.S. Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt and Destroyer Winston S. Churchill To Visit Portsmouth   The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill are scheduled to pull in to Portsmouth, U.K., for the first port visit of their deployment.   The port visit serves to enhance U.S. – U.K. relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

08 January 2015 Department of Defense European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) Announcement    The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some U.S. infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations.  These actions, taken as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) process, will save the U.S. government approximately $500 million annually.  The Department of Defense also announced the first F-35 basing in Europe at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, a step which will bring new opportunities for collaboration between the U.S. and UK air forces.


01 December 2014 HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3   Two men from northern England have been arrested by authorities in the United Kingdom after a probe initiated by Los Angeles-based special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) linked the pair to the pre-release leak earlier this year of The Expendables 3.

16 October 2014 United States and United Kingdom Law Enforcement Share Forfeited Proceeds     The [U.S.] Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, approved the sharing of $907,503.70 to the Home Office of the United Kingdom, and the proceeds were wire-transferred in September 2014.  This amount totaled approximately £564,013 at time of transfer.

30 June 2014 U.S. Embassy Media Note: CBRN Security Assistance for Ukraine

11 June 2014 Remarks of Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Cohen at the Royal United Services Institute

11 June 2014 Military leaders meet in London for first time since WWII   Yesterday saw London host the entire US defence staff for the first time since the 1940’s.  The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) from the US and the UK met to discuss long-term strategic challenges the respective armed forces can expect to face together in the future.

04 June 2014 Bombers Arrive at RAF Fairford to Train and Exercise Capabilities  Two U.S. B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and one Minot Air Force Base, N.D., B-52 currently operating from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., arrived at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, today, where Airmen will train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.

24 May 2014 Ambassador Barzun: Let me be clear. This is still a very special relationship    “Under this treaty, the U.S. has never refused a UK extradition request”.

22 May 2014 Ambassador Barzun Accepts Thank-You Letters From Families Of Missing UK Sailors

20 May 2014 Ambassador Barzun Meets with Friends and Family of “Cheeki Rafiki” Sailors

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.

13 February 2014 U.S. Delegation to the London Conference on The Illegal Wildlife Trade

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.



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.

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.


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.


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.

25 July 2010 Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi

23 February 2010 United States Announces Winner of New London Embassy Design Competition


02 October 2008 U.S. Takes First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation   Meeting the challenge of providing a modern, open and secure American diplomatic facility in London, the U.S. State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy.
A design competition will ensure the new facility reflects the best of modern design, incorporates the latest in energy-efficient building techniques, and celebrates the values of freedom and democracy.

26 June 2008 American Embassy completes Perimeter Security Project  The American Embassy is pleased to announce that major work on the Embassy’s Perimeter Security Project was completed on Thursday, June 26, 2008. The finished project includes new landscaping, a larger pedestrian area, and the opening of two new visitor-access pavilions to facilitate entry into the Embassy while reducing congestion and improving the Embassy’s appearance. The northern pavilion is for individuals seeking visas, while the southern pavilion is for official visitors to the Embassy and for American citizens seeking consular services.
(A version of this posting with imagery is available on our archive site)


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