Sir: There was a certain predictability about it. Among the columns devoted by the Independent to Jonathan Aitken in recent days, you could not resist ("Up-and-coming Tory with the right credentials", 29 March) making an entirely gratuitous and offensive allusion to me. I object strongly to your smear on my reputation as I do to your attempt to link me with a story which has no connection with me at all.
Independent? Of the truth, certainly.
WAFIC RIDA SAID