Lockdown Files

The Lockdown Files is the name of a series of articles published by The Telegraph based on 100,000 WhatsApp messages allegedly leaked to the outlet.1)


The messages were leaked by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who was given copies of them while working on Matt Hancock's “Pandemic Diaries” memoir.2) 3) The first Lockdown Files article was published February 28, 2023. Many articles in the series do not list an author.

On March 5, Mathew Crawford shared one of the articles titled “‘Project Fear’ authors discussed when to ‘deploy’ new Covid variant”, stating “It looks like I was right about omicron being a release, not an emergent strain.”4)

On March 10, Liam Sturgess warned that the series appeared to be a limited hangout operation.5)


The Telegraph maintains a page collecting the articles in The Lockdown Files. The following list includes archived versions of each article in chronological order:6)


February 28


March 1

March 2

March 3

March 4

March 5

March 6

March 7

March 8

March 9

March 10



The Lockdown Files Team. (2023, March 4). “Project Fear” authors discussed when to “deploy” new Covid variant. The Telegraph. http://archive.today/2023.03.05-190819/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/03/04/project-fear-covid-variant-lockdown-matt-hancock-whatsapp/
Telegraph Readers. (2023, March 1). “The messages show a blatant disregard for human quality of life.” The Telegraph. https://archive.ph/0WwDc
Penna, D. (2023, March 1). Matt Hancock claims “doctored” WhatsApp leak “fits anti-lockdown agenda.” The Telegraph. https://archive.ph/HhO6W
Mathew Crawford [@EduEngineer]. (2023, March 5). “It looks like I was right about omicron being a release, not an emergent strain.” [Tweet]. Twitter. http://archive.today/2023.03.05-221707/https://twitter.com/EduEngineer/status/1632181950252298240
Rounding the Earth. (2023, March 10). Limited Hangout Files - Rounding the News. Rumble. https://rumble.com/v2cfwx6-limited-hangout-files-rounding-the-news.html
The Lockdown Files. The Telegraph. Retrieved March 5, 2023, from https://archive.ph/4M274

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