Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

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Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

Post  Dee Coy on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 12:50 pm

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/04/the-strange-case-of-gordon-brown-and-the-mccanns/comment-page-1/#comments

Apologies as this has already been linked to on the Amaral victory thread, but this article is being discussed at length elsewhere and I think is worth a more in-depth look. Thank you Mo for the original heads-up.

Craig Murray was a British ambassador in 2004 and his boss was none other than John Buck, the British Ambassador later stationed in Portugal at the time of the disappearance.

The article offers a direct source for confirmation of the concerns raised about the McCanns by British diplomats who were on the scene in the early days. It confirms that direct instructions were received from London to support the McCanns and pressurise the Portuguese authorities.  Despite the concerns being fed back to London, consternation arose as the instruction to support the couple was not overturned but instead reiterated.

This, and the now-whooshed Express article confirming Blair and Browns' intervention (preserved by Joana and linked to below), are the only hard sources of this, I believe. Thus I think it worth preserving on here - just in case - and the several hundred comments are also well worth reading.

http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/03/mccann-case-freedom-of-information-act.html

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Re: Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

Post  Dee Coy on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 1:01 pm

I have a confession to make. Back in 2014 I posted that I was going to write something further on the subject of the McCanns. In the end I did not, because I was surprised by the strong emotional reaction I received, from a number of decent people, who were enraged that I might be prepared to write something not to the McCanns’ advantage. But I regret being so pusillanimous, particularly as so much discussion has been suppressed by the extremely aggressive stance taken on threats of libel action on this story.

So in the full knowledge that some decent people will be outraged, here it is.

This week there have been two more developments. The Home Office has announced that it will fund still further the police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, on which £10 million has already been spent. Plus the appeals court in Lisbon has overturned the libel verdict against the Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who led the case and formed his own firm convictions at to what happened. The 500,000 euro libel award to the McCanns is now cancelled.

None of these sums of money would matter in the least, and practically nobody would grudge any expense, to have Madeleine McCann alive, safe and happy. There can be nothing worse for a parent than the loss of a child, whatever the circumstances. If the McCanns genuinely do not know what happened, that must be agonising beyond belief. My grandparents had a nineteen year old son, an uncle I never knew, missing in action in World War 2 and the pain never left them, even when his fate was resolved.

And yet, and yet… It is because our children are so precious to us that we treat them as such. I recall an incident on Jamie’s first birthday, which we spent in a hotel in Italy. I was in the room with Jamie. My then wife had gone out to the car. The birthday cake was delivered to reception and had to be paid for. Jamie was fast asleep. I dashed out of the hotel room, down two flights of steps to reception, literally threw the money at them and ran back up the stairs. I was away under two minutes but have never experienced such adrenalin, nor would wish to again. An overwhelming instinct had kicked in telling me I had done wrong in leaving the baby unattended, even so briefly.

I find the McCanns’ behaviour indefensible. There appears to be a disconnect in the public mind in the UK which prevents people from realising just how far the McCanns were from their children. This is a useful graphic just to see the layout, (do not worry about the other info on it).




The McCanns could not actually see their apartment from the tapas bar due to the wall around the pool. To get back there, they had to use the gate and walk around that wall, which made it a 75 yard hike. And the apartment had double doors onto the street on the opposite side of the block from that facing the pool.

I do not see how anybody understanding this geography can consider that it was normal parenting for the McCanns to leave two one year olds and a three year old, alone in the apartment in these circumstances – for hours, and repeatedly several days running. It is something I would absolutely never dream of doing with my own children. If nothing else, had any of the children been crying and in distress – and the chances of that with three tiny children are pretty high – there was no way they could hear them.

The claimed abduction is not the only thing that could have happened. Cholic. Vomiting. Sore nappies. Coughing. Choking. Bad dreams. Overheating. All kinds of thing can distress children. So far as I can judge, it is not that I am weird in my own views, rather it is absolutely accepted in British society that you do not leave 1 year olds without care of an adult. Why are the McCanns an exception?

Which leads me on to the question of why they received such exceptional treatment from British authorities, directed straight from No. 10, to the extent that Blair and Brown eventually gave them a PR representative? I used at one stage to be Resident Clerk in the FCO, a now abolished post effectively of night duty officer. I can tell you from horrible personal experience that the FCO deals with gut-wrenching cases of lost or dead children abroad frequently. I spent one of the most terrible three hours of my life, through to a cold dawn, on the phone with a hysterical bereaved mother desperate to explore any avenue that might give a possibility that the boy who had just drowned in Brazil was misidentified as her son. On average, I am afraid such tragedies get substantially less than 1% of the public resources that were devoted to the McCanns.

I am going to come straight out with this. British diplomatic staff were under direct instruction to support the McCanns far beyond the usual and to put pressure on the Portuguese authorities over the case. I have direct information that more than one of those diplomatic staff found the McCanns less than convincing and their stories inconsistent. Embassy staff were perturbed to be ordered that British authorities were to be present at every contact between the McCanns and Portuguese police.

This again is absolutely not the norm. On a daily basis more British citizens have contact with foreign authorities than the total staff of the FCO. It would be simply impossible to give that level of support to everybody. Plus, against jingoistic presumption, a great many Brits who have contact with foreign police are actually criminals.

The British Ambassador in Portugal, John Buck, had been my direct boss in the FCO. he was Deputy Head of Southern European Department when I was Head of Cyprus Section. He and his staff were concerned by contradictions in the McCann’s story. The Embassy warned, in writing, that being perceived as too close to the McCanns might not prove wise. They demanded the instruction from London be reconfirmed. It was.

I know of people’s misgivings because I was told directly. But material was also leaked to a Belgian newspaper confirming what I have said. It was published by the Express, but like so much other material which is not supportive of the McCanns, it got taken down. Fortunately that last link preserved it. It also shows that the FCO continues to refuse Freedom of Information requests for the material on the interesting grounds that it might damage relations with Portugal.

For the avoidance of doubt, I do not believe there was a high level paedophile ring involved. I make no such argument. Nor do I claim to know what happened to Madeleine McCann. But I do believe that the McCanns were less than exemplary parents. I believe that New Labour’s No.10 saw, in typical Blair fashion, a highly photogenic tragedy which there might be popularity in appearing to work on.

And I believe there is a genuine danger that the high profile support from the top of the British government might have put some psychological pressure on the Portuguese investigators and prosecuting officers in their determinations.

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Re: Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

Post  Dee Coy on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 1:36 pm

The comment below by Carol and Craig Murray's reply is interesting re. OG

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April 21, 2016 at 23:24
Clearly you would make an awful physicist jemand, hard facts can never surface without theories being posited first, since when did speculation and curiosity become churlish gossip? and in this particular case overwhelming anomalies. Interestingly my son in law only today mentioned his father who is a headmaster attended a headmasters conference recently were one of the visiting speakers was an ex scotland yard detective who worked on the madeleine mcann investigation, this detective said the only reason the mccanns hadnt been charged with causing her death either accidentally/deliberately/neglect and then hiding her cadaver was not having the body and not having enough DNA samples to bring about a conviction. Very interesting that the DNA samples were “lost” at the british forensic science institute which closed down I believe, further interesting that the markers present in the samples were enough to secure a conviction in other countries, of interest that Gerry McCann provided the hair samples from madeleines hairbrush, which could have come from one of the twins hair instead. Interesting that Gerry claimed to not own a credit card but conveniently lost his wallet. Interesting that the local priest in portugual felt betrayed and that the mccanns had the keys to the church, murat had keys to many properties, gerry disposed of a fridge during his holiday which later vanished from his blogs, and just what is in that urn on gerrys mantelpiece which looks suspiciously like a shrine

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Carol

Thanks for the headmasters conference story, which is useful. I have my own friends in the Met who tell me the investigating team were convinced about what happened. Unfortunately I could not include that in my blog as my brother is in the Met and it would be presumed he told me (which he didn’t).

But members of the Met investigating team put their own money into Amaral’s appeal against his libel verdict. I think that tells you all you need to know.

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Re: Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

Post  Mo on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 3:09 pm

This I find interesting from Dr Roberts:

"Murray's piece has lit a fuse. It remains to be seen which powder keg it runs to."
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Post  TheTruthWillOut on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 3:31 pm

All very interesting. It lines up with my theory that it isn't the M's being protected but the UK gov at the time. They made "The biggest F up in history" to quote a certain someone. They then brought in the heavy hitters (MI5/6) to clean up. All the national security talk early on related to PT/UK relations and covering the arses of a certain twosome (to be a bit clearer here the twosome isn't the M's)?

If this is anywhere close to what has been going on here then all those involved in what happened to Madeleine are the luckiest criminals in history.

@Mo My guess would be UK gov?


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Re: Craig Murray - The Strange Case of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the McCanns

Post  Mo on Sat 23 Apr 2016, 3:44 pm

Yes I think your right TTWO - but I always seem to go back to this piece by Dr Roberts just because I can't see it being a sex scandal - we've had them before and no doubt we'll have them again!

http://onlyinamericablogging.blogspot.com/2015/09/metaphoric-comprehension-revisited-by.html
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