Embassy Press Releases and Statements

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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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January 21, 2021
Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States
On January 20, President Biden took bold action by revoking Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which had restricted issuance of visas to individuals from many Muslim and African countries.

January 21, 2021
New U.S. Embassy in London Receives Award of Excellence from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a leading international organization in the field of tall buildings and urban sustainability, honored the U.S. Embassy in London as a 2020 Award of Excellence Winner in the Best Tall Building Under 100 Meters category.


December 21, 2020
Former Senior Libyan Intelligence Officer and Bomb-Maker for the Muamar Qaddafi Regime Charged for The December 21, 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Today, Attorney General William Barr, Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, announced new charges against a former Libyan intelligence operative, Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, aka, “Hasan Abu Ojalya Ibrahim” (Masud), for his role in building the bomb that killed 270 individuals in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

July 31, 2020
Three Individuals Charged for Alleged Role in Twitter Hack
Three individuals have been charged today for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020.
“The hackers allegedly compromised over 100 social media accounts and scammed both the account users and others who sent money based on their fraudulent solicitations,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The rapid investigation of this conduct is a testament to the expertise of our investigators, our commitment to responding quickly to cyber attacks, and the close relationships we have built with law enforcement partners throughout the world.”


December 18, 2019
Member of “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group Extradited From United Kingdom To Face Charges in St. Louis (U.S. Dept of Justice)
A United Kingdom national appeared today in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer, and conspiring to commit those and other computer fraud offenses, related to his role in a computer hacking collective known as “The Dark Overlord,” which targeted victims in the St. Louis, Missouri, area beginning in 2016.
Nathan Wyatt, 39, was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Eastern District of Missouri and arraigned on Dec. 18 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah. He pleaded not guilty and was detained pending further proceedings.

December 18, 2019
Owner of Purported UK Investment Firm and Two Richmond-Area Men Charged for Roles in Investment Fraud Scheme (Justice.gov)
The owner of a purported investment company based in the United Kingdom and two alleged co-conspirators were charged in an indictment unsealed yesterday for their alleged participation in an investment fraud scheme by which they allegedly stole at least $6.2 million from victim investors.

October 08, 2019
U.S. Embassy Press Statement on Harry Dunn

August 03, 2019
U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts recovery operation in UK
For the first time ever in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency have conducted a recovery operation to locate the remains of a U.S. airman who crashed here days before D-Day.

June 25, 2019
TechnipFMC Plc and U.S.-Based Subsidiary Agree to Pay Over $296 Million in Global Penalties to Resolve Foreign Bribery Case
TechnipFMC plc (TFMC), a publicly traded company in the United States and a global provider of oil and gas services, and its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Technip USA, Inc. (Technip USA), have agreed to pay a combined total criminal fine of more than $296 million to resolve foreign bribery charges with authorities in the United States and Brazil.

May 22, 2019
U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus concerts commemorating Exercise Tiger
The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus is conducting two concerts commemorating Exercise Tiger the end of May, as a prelude to the D-Day75 commemorations. The Band and Chorus consisting of 50 musicians and vocalists and admission is FREE !

April 18, 2019
U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle to Arrive in Portsmouth
The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, England on April 26, 2019 at 11am. Eagle will moor up for 5 days at South Railway Jetty and will be open for free public tours on Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April. South Railway Jetty is located at Portsmouth Harbor.

April 28, 2019
Exercise Tiger 75th Anniversary Memorial Service, April 2019 (Flickr album)

April 08, 2019
U.S. Embassy Facilitates Travel or More Than 10,000 Britons to Work a Summer in America
Today, the U.S. Embassy in London welcomed hundreds of young UK citizens as they applied for their J1 Visas that will allow them to work as counselors in summer camps across the United States.  The program has existed for over 50 years, allowing tens of thousands of British citizens to spend a summer working in the American outdoors, followed by 30 days of travel around the United States.  The program creates a unique opportunity for Americans and Brits to meet, live and work together and helps reinforce the Special Relationship for a new generation every summer.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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