Monday, 27 December 2010
You can spin your involvement any way you wish, but spin won't save your house of cards when it comes a tumblin' down. And it won't be much that brings it down will it lads? Any little scrap of information that comes out, any scrap showing that any one of you had knowledge of what was really going down and you're fucked.
You've really worked yourselves into a corner haven't you? deny deny deny, you have no choice in the matter, you certainly crossed the Rubicon when you aligned yourself with this pair. And what a pair to have everything resting on, Kate and Gerry McCann, not the most stable couple you could wish for you must admit.
I don't know exactly when I created the graphic below, but it was early on, perhaps I should have featured you fellows as well. Because let's face it, it applies just as equally to you as it does him.
Well lads, I've just one more post to make and then I'm calling it all a day, I will leave you to carry on with your denials and your cover up. One day perhaps, you'll get yours. Heaven knows you've earned it.
WikiLeaks cable reveals British police helped Portuguese create Maddy cover-up allegation
By Robin Henry
DECEMBER 14, 2010
Although Portuguese police were always blamed by Kate and Gerry McCann for suggesting they were somehow involved in a cover-up over the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine McCann, it now transpires that British police helped their opposite numbers on the Algarve build the case against the couple.
In the months following Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007, the Portuguese police were branded "imbeciles" by furious relatives of the McCanns, who later threatened to take legal action against the force after they were cleared.
The revelation that police in Britain "developed the evidence" that led to the McCanns being treated as formal suspect – or arguidos - comes with the latest leak of US embassy cables by WikiLeaks.
A cable detailing a meeting between the British ambassador to Lisbon, Alexander Wykeham Ellis, and US ambassador Al Hoffman, two weeks after the couple were declared arguidos in September 2007, is published today by the Guardian.
"Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working cooperatively," Hoffman said in the confidential report back to Washington.
Ellis also urged Hoffman to keep any comments regarding the case "behind closed doors".
The cable sheds new light on the fraught months following the disappearance of Madeleine from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.
At the time, the McCanns claimed that Portuguese police were turning their focus on them to protect the region's tourism and deflect attention away from their failure to find the three-year-old.
The couple were monitored and questioned by investigators, who believed that they had discovered sufficient forensic evidence to suggest that Maddy had died in their apartment, before being stowed away in a hire car.
The case against the parents was finally dropped in July 2008 and their daughter's disappearance remains a mystery.
A spokesman for the McCanns played down the significance of the WikiLeaks revelations, telling the Guardian: "This is an entirely historic note that is more than three years old... Subsequently, Kate and Gerry had their arguido status lifted, with the Portuguese authorities making it perfectly clear that there was absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine's disappearance whatsoever."
Dozens of British police officers and forensic specialists were drafted in after Maddy's disappearance, but it is still not clear exactly what role they played.
A spokesman for the Leicester police, in the McCanns' home county, told the Guardian they simply coordinated the Portuguese investigation on a local level. First Post
WikiLeaks has drilled through the USA's security system and has been publishing thousands of documents. One of them tells us what we already knew. The English ambassador reported that the English police had obtained evidence that Maddie's parents were involved in the death and disappearance of their daughter and that, for State reasons, that fact had been simply hidden from the Portuguese Justice.
The couple's spokesman did not deny it. He merely stated that this issue was history. It didn't matter. When one is protected, such arrogance is permitted. Nonetheless, it is also true that protection by the powerful serves the powerful but will never be able to hide the truth, which, as we all know, always surfaces
Maybe there is another WikiLeaks cable that informs us about the dirt concerning this subject, that we still have to learn. Dirt: Francisco Moita Flores
Friday, 10 December 2010
Too much to ask?
I suppose it is, but it has always been my opinion that the key to solving this case would come via the back door. Because there is one thing for sure, it isn't going to be resolved by due process, not in this country it ain't. Is it boys?
More Joana Morais.
WikiRebels The Documentary,if you have the bandwidth it's a must watch. If you haven't as yet viewed the murder of Iraqi civilians by the crew of an American helicopter gunship you can do so here. But be prepared to get extremely angry.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations. - HuxleySometimes, some things, just fit.
Tagged Madeleine McCann.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Just what takes my fancy then, and for the purpose of this gallery, my comments are above the relative pics.
So we're straight in with a demand, I find that only works well with a gun in your hand, otherwise, please, invariably seems to achieve the desired results.
And what has become now a pre-requisite for any interview, the obligatory clasping of hands accompanied by the even more obligatory wristbands. Good quality I hope.
Look what's on its way.
Voila! Must be talking about her daughter, or perhaps it was us lot on this occasion.
Ever the same aggressive little fuck as always.
Right so! that's the bits out of the way.
I think we all know what this is about without me giving a protracted intro, so let's drive on without more ado.
Or should I phrase it, they're under starters orders and; they're off!
Showing well well after ten seconds, in the green it's Gerry McCann with a head scratch. (Times on the slide bar.)
Darshna Soni You are calling for a review of the investigation. Explain to us why.
DS Do you think it makes it difficult for them, though, because you have got your own private investigators looking for your daughter? Does that make your relationship with the police difficult?
DS Leicestershire Police have said to us that they haven’t shelved the investigation because it was never their investigation to shelve because it was being led by the Portuguese. What more would you expect Leicestershire Police to do?
Still on the same question.
GM Leicestershire have, you know, largely played their part and they have done that to the best of their ability.
There were numerous shots in this Mrs Kate series, but in fairness I think this was the genuine article in this case.
DS And how do you keep going? How do you keep hoping? There must be days when it is very, very difficult.KM Well we’ve worked so hard. I mean, understandably, we’re Madeleine’s parents and we are going to do everything that we can and we work really hard.
"And we work really hard." Sounds a tad familiar.
Unprompted, but that doesn't mean to say it's not in response to something going on in the asylum of his mind.
There are two particular instances in part two that I found, I was about to say amusing, but on reflection and for want of something better, just let me call them interesting.
This next example includes both question and answer.
DS You’ve also spent money on your own investigators as you’ve said. There have been reports that some of these detectives have taken money but then not delivered. They are dodgy detectives if you like. How can you reassure people that money won’t be spent on people like that in the future.
GM Well we’ve very much had for the last two and a bit years, we’ve had Dave Edgar who is a very experienced detective who was near retirement. He’s been working with us. He’s very much accountable for the spend. He feels he can justify every penny. But at the same time I hope the public realise as well as directors of the fund in particular when we were arguido and there was no search going on that it was incumbent upon us to continue a search in very, very difficult circumstances. So we have made decisions along the way which have always, we felt, been in the best interest of the search to find Madeleine and we are very accountable. All the expenses are there err, receipts and we’ve got quite a tight-knit team working on this but we need them. Without it there would be no-one there to go and interview people and follow up leads.
It is amusing isn't it? in fact it's more than amusing, it's comical given who he's talking about.
This next piece isn't amusing, for me it's hilarious. But to truly appreciate what's going on with Doctor Dangerous, you have to click here first.
More at the Sandra Felgueiras archive.
Watch the struggle, watch the conflict, as he tries not to scratch his ear. Then try it on the clip.
These bottom three, I don't know where they came from. I must have grabbed them somewhere else. Confusion isn't a hard thing when you're screen-shotting, it's not hard to end up with a zillion shots in the folder, particularly if you wonder, "did I get that one" and you go back and have another basin full. Imagine a professional photographer where he might take dozens of shots of something, all seemingly the same. Well it's a bit like that only not quite as organised.
And finally, a big tip of the hat to Bren at Headlines today for saving me hours of work by having transcripts of both clips. They can be found here along with the Youtube versions and much more.
You might recognise along the way, where I found the quote for the header, though as I recall, I don't think it was body language that McCann was describing at the time.
h/t to original uploader. Ch4 News as it happens.