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WikiLeaks release a diplomatic cable, from September 2007, which reveals that the US ambassador to Portugal
was told by his British counterpart that British police had helped to "develop evidence" against Madeleine McCann's
WikiLeaks US embassy cables: live updates
(extract), 09 December 2010
Posted by Matthew Weaver and Mark Tran Thursday 9 December 2010
- Extract -
'Several people suggested searching for information on Madeleine
McCann, the British girl who went missing in Portugal in 2007, for example. She is indeed mentioned in at least two cables
from the US embassy in Lisbon. No clues to her fate, unfortunately, but some interesting observations on the involvement of
British police, which we'll relay once we've checked them out.'
US embassy cables: British police 'developed
evidence' against McCanns, Washington told, 13 December 2010
US embassy cables: British police 'developed evidence'
against McCanns, Washington told Guardian
Monday 13 December 2010 21:30 GMT
Friday, 28 September
2007, 15:36 C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 LISBON 002527 SIPDIS SIPDIS STATE FOR XXXXXXXXXXXX
EO 12958 DECL: 09/25/2017 TAGS PGOV, PREL, OFDP, PO SUBJECT: PORTUGAL:
UK AMBASSADOR ON ENERGY SECURITY, RUSSIA, EU-AFRICA SUMMIT, AND MCCANN CASE Classified By: XXXXXXXXXXXX
FOR REASONS 1.4 (B),(D)
1. (C) On September 21, newly-arrived British Ambassador
Alexander Wykeham Ellis informed Ambassador Hoffman that European concerns over Russia's aggressive energy policies and
the need for market competition were the driving forces behind the third EU energy liberalization package. He suggested that
Russia's position with its neighbors was guided by a self-proclaimed right to do "what it wants, when it wants"
in its own neighborhood. Regarding Robert Mugabe's participation in the proposed EU-Africa Summit, Ellis said the UK would
not discourage other member states from participating if PM Brown stayed away. He doubted, however, if the Dutch, Irish, or
Swedish would attend in Brown's absence. Ellis also noted that it was the British police that developed the current evidence
against Madeleine McCann's parents in the high-profile case that has captured international attention. He informed the
Ambassador that former British Ambassador John Buck had accepted a private-sector position at a UK gas company and that his
departure had nothing to do with bilateral issues. END SUMMARY
THE MADELEINE MCCANN CASE
5. (C) Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has
generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions
of Madeleine's parents. 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.
He commented that the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments
behind closed doors.
US embassy cables: Madeleine McCann case pushes EU to act on child abductions
Monday 13 December 2010 21.30 GMT
Thursday, 11 October 2007, 13:48 UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 LISBON 002605 SIPDIS SIPDIS EO 12958 N/A TAGS KJUS,
MOPS, PO, PREL, PTER, EUN SUBJECT: EU JHA INFORMAL MINISTERIAL
1. Summary. EU Justice and
Home Affairs ministers met informally in Lisbon October 1-2. An embassy officer attended to follow discussion of such topics
as the elimination of land and sea travel barriers in December, the establishment of a counternarcotics analysis and operations
center, the submission of a package of counterterrorism proposals by Vice President Frattini in November, the submission of
a package of border control proposals by Frattini in February, and the establishment of a missing children alert system based
on the U.S. Amber Alert. End summary.
11. Missing Children Alert: Frattini used the well-known
case of Madeleine McCann, a missing British girl, to lay out his intention to develop an EU wide alert system for missing
children. Frattini specifically and repeatedly mentioned the Amber Alert system in the U.S. as the model that the EU needed
to copy. In addition, the e-Justice Portal, according to Costa, will include a list of missing children and direct users to
appropriate Hague Convention resources.
WikiLeaks cables: UK police 'developed' evidence against McCanns, 13 December
WikiLeaks cables: UK police 'developed' evidence
against McCanns Guardian
British ambassador's reported comments to US counterpart offer insight into role of UK police in 2007
Ben Quinn Monday 13 December 2010 21.30 GMT
police helped to "develop evidence" against Madeleine McCann's parents as they were investigated by Portuguese
police as formal suspects in the disappearance of their daughter, the US ambassador to Portugal was told by his British counterpart
in September 2007.
The meeting between US ambassador Al Hoffman and the British ambassador, Alexander Wykeham Ellis,
took place a fortnight after Kate and Gerry McCann were formally declared arguidos, or suspects, by Portuguese police.
The McCanns have said that there was "absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine's disappearance whatsoever."
In a diplomatic cable marked confidential, the US ambassador reported: "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 co-operatively."
The comments attributed to the ambassador
appear to contradict the widespread perception at the time that Portuguese investigators were the driving force behind the
treatment of the McCanns as suspects in the case.
The disclosure comes as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returns
to court in an attempt to secure bail following his arrest last week at the request of Swedish authorities who want to interview
him over allegations of sexual assault. A number of other cables released by the whistleblowers' website shed new light
on aspects of the financial crisis. Revelations include:
• RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton said the board
of the bank breached their "fiduciary responsibilities" by allowing the takeover of the Dutch bank ABN Amro.
• The Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, was so worried about the health of the banks that he proposed a
secret international fund to recapitalise them six months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
• US officials
expressed doubts in October 2008 over whether Ireland appreciated how much trouble its banks were in.
In one of
two cables referring to the McCann case, the US ambassador notes: "Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south
of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police
investigation and the actions of Madeleine's parents."
He reported that his British counterpart thought
"that the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind
It was not until 21 July 2008 that the Portuguese authorities shelved their investigation and
lifted the arguido status of the McCanns. Responding to the contents of the cable, a spokesman for the McCanns told
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.
"To this day, they continue to
work tirelessly on the search for their daughter, co-operating when appropriate with both the Portuguese and British authorities."
British authorities had substantial involvement in the investigation launched after Madeleine disappeared in May 2007
from the holiday apartment where the McCanns had left their three children in bed before joining friends at a nearby restaurant
in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz. At least one British sniffer dog was used in the investigation and, according to reports,
was said to have picked up the scent of a dead body in the apartment.
In 2008, when a dossier detailing investigations
by Portuguese police was made public, it emerged British scientists had warned that DNA tests on a sample from the McCanns'
holiday hire car were inconclusive days before they were made suspects. It is known that the Forensic Science Service analysed
material sent to Britain by Portuguese police. A spokesman for Leicestershire police said their involvement in the investigation
was limited to co-ordinating UK-based inquiries on behalf of the Portuguese authorities.
Gonçalo Amaral expects Wikileaks to divulge the satellite images, 14 December
Gonçalo Amaral expects Wikileaks to divulge the
satellite images tvi24
The former inspector finds it strange that it's necessary for an ambassador to speak about the evidence
for "some veracity to be given as to the responsibility of the parents in Madeleine's disappearance"
By tvi24 14- 12- 2010 0: 23 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police inspector, stated this Monday that "it
is strange" that it is necessary for an ambassador to speak about the evidence "for some veracity to be given as
to the responsibility of the parents in Madeleine's disappearance" and that he looks forward for Wikileaks divulging
the satellite imagery, reports Lusa.
"I accompanied the investigation, I know what is there and I know what
still needs to be done, and I also know there's responsibility in the disappearance, I have no doubts about that,"
said Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, in Praia
da Luz, Algarve, on May 2007.
The author of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' spoke to the news
agency Lusa, after the WikiLeaks site revealed a confidential cable from the British ambassador in Lisbon, from 2007,
admitting to his U.S. counterpart in the Portuguese capital, that it was the British police that had found evidence against
However, Gonçalo Amaral insists that "it was not the British police who had
arrived at those conclusions". "I do not know what evidence the British ambassador was referring to when he
spoke with the U.S. ambassador. Now that there are strong indications as to the responsibility of parents, there are, and
they were gathered by Portuguese police in cooperation with the British police," he assured.
Amaral also expects for Wikileaks to be able to get "the long awaited for satellite images".
the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, played down these revelations, considering that the cable in question - which
was also published in the British newspaper 'The Guardian' - was only an "entirely historic note".
Gonçalo Amaral recalls that the British and Portuguese authorities cooperated
in the investigation, 14 December 2010
Gonçalo Amaral recalls that the British and Portuguese authorities cooperated in the investigation
14-Dec-2010 With thanks to Joana Morais for transcript/translation
Pedro Mourinho (P.M.) - SIC Notícias Anchor
(Portuguese 24/7 News Channel) Gonçalo Amaral (G.A.) - the former Judiciary Police
inspector, coordinator of the Madeleine McCann investigation until October 2007
Pedro Mourinho (P.M.) - Gonçalo Amaral, former inspector of the Judiciary Police, and author
of the book "The Truth of the Lie" on the Maddie Case is with us, live, on the Midnight News. A very good
evening to you Dr. Gonçalo Amaral.
Gonçalo Amaral (G.A.) - Good evening.
P.M. - Is there any novelty for you in the documents now released by Wikileaks?
- No, in reality the only news is the document disclosure itself, since as for the evidence - the indicia - that is in the
process. The cooperation and collaboration with the English police is public knowledge and is in the process. The results
are there, therefore there isn't anything new.
P.M. - So, for you, it isn't news that
it was the British police that found the evidence that has... would have incriminated Madeleine's parents?
- No, I didn't say that. It's not news with regard to the evidence. Now, as to the proof held by the British police,
I don't know what are they refering to. There was cooperation and collaboration, the evidence and indicia are in the process
thus... I don't know, someone should say what the evidence is; perhaps someone from the British police should say it.
All the same, it was the cooperation between the British and Portuguese police that arrived at the proof that is in the process.
P.M. - As someone that knows the process, as an inspector involved in the investigation, coordinator
of the investigation, don't you know what evidence, specifically, the British ambassador was referring to?
- He could only be referring to the evidence and indicia that are in the process. I'm not seeing any other, if there is
other evidence, it would be strange for the British police to not have revealed it at the time.
- The reference made in the last hours, Dr. Gonçalo Amaral, was in particular to the evidence that had been obtained
by the dogs brought from the UK, that were able to find cadaver scent in the McCann's car; could that be the evidence?
G.A. - There are several indications. The information that is in the process results in other evidence,
and, therefore there is a set of evidence that is in the process, and that is probably what is being referred to. It is unfortunate
that the process is archived, but, perhaps this note might enable the reopening of the inquest and the resumption of
the investigation until the truth is established, the material truth, the complete truth, for Justice to be made.
P.M. - How was the relationship between the British and Portuguese police forces? Was it a good relationship,
or, as the British media sustained for a certain period of time, during the summer of 2007, was it a tense one and of great
G.A. - No, it was an excellent relationship, of cooperation, we often had lunch and dinner
together, we had various meetings, so there was already friendship between colleagues. It was people who were involved in
an investigation, there wasn't any tension as it was stated.
P.M. - Would it have been possible
to go further, in gathering evidence, after what took place in September 2007, or not?
As I said before, the investigation is an investigation that is interrupted, an investigation that needs to be concluded.
I believe that it is possible to make progress, if it wasn't for lack of political will; now with political will, based
on this note - which is only a note as you said, but remains an important note nevertheless between two ambassadors, from
one ambassador to the US State Department, that must have the weight that it has. Hopefully now, it will also be disclosed
those photos, those satellite images that we believe to be in the possession of the US authorities, that we, the Portuguese
police mentioned first, and also requested, a request that was denied to us.
P.M. - In your understanding,
what could those satellite images reveal?
G.A. - They can reveal who was the person that carried
the child on that night on its way to the beach. According to an Irish couple's statement, with an alleged 80% certainty,
it was Gerald McCann himself. That could be the confirmation of that Irish couple's statement.
- And those images exist?
G.A. - We believe that, yes. In fact, the McCann couple themselves,
said, a few months ago, that they also searched for them; that they don't exist, someone else later stated that they don't
exist. It's possible that the site that has divulged the cable might also be able to release those images. That would
P.M. - In your opinion, if they exist, why weren't they yet revealed?
G.A. - Well, probably because they are a secret of state somewhere... In fact, the whole investigation
was a state secret in England. I remind you that there is documentation in that sense, referring that it is a state secret.
We do not understand why it is considered as a state secret. In question is the disappearance, and the likely death of a child,
and we still fail to understand why that is considered as state secrecy.
P.M. - You have spoken
before about the 'political will'. Do you consider that there was a connivance of the British government, with
the McCann couple, knowing that the London authorities - and at least we now have that certainty - were indeed aware of the
evidence uncovered by the police of their own country. What I want to ask you, in your opinion, in the scope of this document,
is, if we can understand a little bit better the manner in which the McCanns left the country?
- I apologize for stating the obvious, but they have left the country by airplane. And they were well received back in England.
What we became increasingly aware was the political influence, of the intervention of the British prime minister at the time,
Gordon Brown, of the conversations that he allegedly had with our own prime minister, in October, at the Lisbon Summit - if
they indeed spoke on the subject or not, we weren't there to listen. Some say they did, others say they didn't; but
a fact remains, and this was the result: there was a point that the British police officers working on the case had to sign
a document as if they belonged to the secret services, requesting their confidentiality so they wouldn't speak about the
case. Definitely something strange, not usual under other circumstances. Thus, from then on, and with other elements - that
would be too lengthy for us to be detailing here now - remains no doubt that a political intervention, practically, archived
P.M. - Of the British and of the Portuguese government?
- The case went to the Portuguese General Attorney's Office, who published a statement saying that they had not found
any indicia in the process... something that we find very strange. I recall that the decision made by the Appellate Court
- on October 19, of this year, which lifted the banning of the book that I've authored, 'Maddie, The Truth of
The Lie' - suggests that with the indicia that exists in the process, the opinion of the Public Ministry to archive
the case could have been another, if the prosecutors were different. That means that something exists there [in the process].
I have no doubts that the magistrates, the appellate judges, have read the process.
P.M. - Do
you believe that this document, this note now revealed by WikiLeaks, can indeed change something as to the process? You have
already said during this interview that you hoped for that to happen, but do you truly believe that that it will take place?
G.A. - This matter has evolved, step by step, we cannot use this document as a flag, the knowledge
of this note as a victory - let's put it in this way, it does not mean an immediate reopening of the case. However, I
do believe that we are walking towards that goal, that finally the reconstruction of the facts may take place with the couple
and with their friends, if they so wish, and if they are willing to return to Portugal.
You spoke of 'victory', do you believe that this will change the perception that people have about the Maddie case?
G.A. - The perception that I have, as far as the perception of people go, is that the Judiciary Police
has worked, the Judiciary Police was able to reach some conclusions, important conclusions; that the process needs to go on,
the investigation has to continue, and, as we have previously spoken here today, the process was archived for political reasons
- that is the perception that people have.
P.M. - Gonçalo Amaral, former inspector of the
Judiciary Police, author of the book 'Maddie, The Truth of The Lie' about the Madeleine McCann case, live, on this
Midnight news edition, after tonight, when another confidential document was released by WikiLeaks. It's the only document
that makes a reference to the Maddie case - an exchange between the British and North-American ambassadors in Lisbon, where
the British ambassador has confirmed that the British government had knowledge of the evidence that would incriminate Madeleine
McCann's parents. Meanwhile, the McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, fully depreciated this revelation; contacted
tonight by the News agency Lusa, he said that the cable "is something from the past, an historical document, more than
three years old" and which, he added, "therefore has no substance".
Statement Regarding WikiLeaks Cables,
14 December 2010
by Official Find Madeleine Campaign on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at 07:31
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 clear there was absolutely no evidence
to implicate them in Madeleine's disappearance. To this day, they continue to work tirelessly on the search for their
daughter, co-operating when appropriate with both the Portuguese and British authorities
The latest WikiLeaks cables reveal that British police helped "develop" evidence against Madeleine McCann's
parents after their daughter's disappearance.
Britain's ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Wykeham Ellis,
reportedly made the claim to his American counterpart on September 21, 2007 – two weeks after Portuguese police named
Gerry and Kate McCann as suspects.
In a diplomatic cable marked confidential, the US ambassador reported: "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 co-operatively."
blame the McCanns may leap on this as new evidence that it wasn't just the Portuguse authorities who suspected the coulpe.
However, it was well known at the time that British police contributed to the investigation. We provided the cadaver dog to
search the appartment. Our Forensic Science Service provided the scientific evidence which led to the arrests and the subsequent
It was much later when the FSS report was released, among all the other police documents, that we
could read for ourselves that scientists had advised the Portuguse police that the forensic evidence was inconclusive.
The McCanns remained under suspicion until July 2008 when Portuguese police shelved the inquiry into Madeleine's
A spokesman for the McCanns dismissed the leak as an "historic note" and said the Portuguese
had since made it clear there was no evidence to implicate the couple.
McCanns' lawyer opposes the reopening of the process, 14 December 2010
Rogério Alves, the McCann couple's lawyer, has told TSF that there is
no new data in the documents that were revealed by Wikileaks that would justify the reopening of the process.
McCann couple's lawyer in Portugal, Rogério Alves, has said in a statement to TSF that he opposes the reopening
of the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine in Lagos, in the Algarve, in 2007.
At stake is a telegram from
the North American embassy that was revealed by Wikileaks, which indicates that it was the English police that presented the
evidence that led to the McCann couple to be made arguidos.
The telegram, which is cited by British newspaper The
Guardian, describes a conversation between the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and the USA in Portugal, shortly after Kate
and Gerry McCann were made arguidos.
Nonetheless, Rogério Alves considered that these suspicions from the
English authorities add nothing new to the process.
"That information is completely useless. It only contains
a reference to a piece of evidence that the Public Ministry and the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) considered to be
totally useless, which consisted of a couple of dogs that having barked, but being naturally unable to depose in a court room,
would constitute some sort of indication against the child's parents," he said.
"To open the process,
yes, when that contributes to finding out where the child is and what happened to her, [but] to open the process, no, when
it is to review what was already seen by the PJ and by the Public Ministry, that correctly considered those indications to
be absurd and inconsistent," Rogério Alves added, justifying that "nobody in a democratic state can be taken
to court based on dogs' barking. That is absurd."
The former PJ inspector, Gonçalo Amaral, has
a different opinion. In a statement, he considered that there had been political interference in the process, and therefore
he asked the Public Ministry to reopen it.
There are no "new, credible and relevant" facts to reopen the McCann
case – Public Ministry, 14 December 2010
There are no "new, credible and relevant" facts to reopen the McCann case – Public
by Cristina Cardoso (Lusa) 14 December 2010 Thanks to
Astro for translation
Lisbon, Nov 13 (Lusa) – The Attorney General's Office considers that there
are no "new, credible and relevant" facts in order to reopen the investigation related to Madeleine McCann, the
English child that disappeared in the Algarve in 2007.
In a reply that was sent to Lusa agency, the Attorney General's
Office recalls that "it has been repeatedly stated that the inquiry may be reopened if new, credible and relevant facts
appear". Nonetheless, "so far all that has been known are opinions, abstract theories, digressions, baseless reasoning
and publicity manoeuvres, which is not enough to reopen the inquiry," the note reads.
A telegram from the
USA embassy in Lisbon, dated September 2007 and released on Monday, mentions the disappearance of the English child in May
that year, pointing out that it was the English police that discovered evidence against the parents.
British police 'developed evidence' against McCanns, WikiLeaks cable claims,
14 December 2010
British police 'developed evidence' against McCanns, WikiLeaks cable claims Daily Mail
By VANESSA ALLEN Last updated at 10:33 PM on 14th December
The role British police played in the Madeleine McCann investigation is under scrutiny after
leaked documents claimed they 'developed' evidence against her parents.
Britain's ambassador to Portugal
told his U.S. counterpart that British detectives 'had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents',
according to a diplomatic cable revealed by the WikiLeaks website.
The previously secret meeting took place on
September 21, 2007 – two weeks after Portuguese police named Kate and Gerry McCann as 'arguidos', or formal
suspects, in their daughter's disappearance.
The leaked cable has raised fresh questions about the extent of British police involvement in the Portuguese
Mr and Mrs McCann, both 42, have won a series of libel payouts from newspapers over suggestions
they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.
But the leaked cable suggests British police were actively
involved in helping to build a case against them.
The couple believe the decision to name them as arguidos jeopardised
the hunt for their daughter, because it may have stopped potential witnesses from coming forward with information.
And it forced them to endure an agonising ten-month wait until Portuguese police admitted they had found no evidence against
them, and shelved the case.
British police have always insisted they were responsible only for co-ordinating inquiries
in Britain at the request of the Portuguese authorities.
But that account has been called into question by the
leaked diplomatic cables, and by allegations by senior Portuguese detectives involved in the hunt.
In the diplomatic
cable to Washington, marked 'confidential', U.S. ambassador Al Hoffman discussed a meeting with his British counterpart,
Alexander Wykeham Ellis.
He wrote: 'Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south
of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police
investigation and the actions of Madeleine's parents.
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 co-operatively.
'He commented that the media frenzy was to be expected and was
acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors.'
The cable did not reveal
what evidence had been 'developed' by police in Britain, but Portuguese detectives have previously made a series of
startling claims about their involvement during a civil court case in Lisbon.
Lawyers for Goncalo Amaral, the former
head of the Portuguese investigation, revealed that a confidential report by a British expert had suggested Mr McCann should
be investigated for 'homicide'.
Criminal profiler Lee Rainbow, of the National Policing Improvement Agency,
sent the report in June 2007, just a month after three-year-old Madeleine vanished from her family's rented holiday apartment
in Praia da Luz.
He wrote: 'The family is a lead that should be followed.
in Gerald McCann's statement might lead us to suspect a homicide. This is a lead that should be investigated.'
Mr Amaral's lawyer told the court: 'Portuguese police had only considered the abduction theory. It was British
police who said they must consider homicide as well.'
The McCanns took legal action against Mr Amaral in an
effort to stop the sale of his book, The Truth of the Lie, in which he claimed they covered up their daughter's death.
His former deputy, Tavares Almeida, gave evidence on his behalf, and said British and Portuguese police had both concluded
Madeleine was dead.
He told the court: 'We all believe she is dead. It was our conclusion as police professionals,
both Portuguese and British police. The McCanns didn't kill her but they concealed her body.'
spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: 'The cable is a historic note that is more than three years old.
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.'
McCanns under scrutiny in Wikileaks latest, 14 December 2010
Ambassador to Portugal confided with the United States Ambassador that British police suspected Kate and Gerry McCann over
the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in 2007.
In the latest explosive WikiLeaks revelation, the
Spanish daily newspaper El Pais published news on Tuesday that in a telegram dated September 28, 2007, US Ambassador
Alfred Hoffman revealed details of a short conversation he had had with Alexander Ellis, the newly-appointed British Ambassador
"Ellis didn't go into details about the case, but admitted that it was the British police themselves
who found proof" which led them to suspect the McCann couple.
The United States ambassador also revealed that
his British opposite number had told him that the Portuguese and British police "were working cooperatively" on
Two weeks earlier Portuguese police had named Gerry and Kate McCann as 'arguidos' or
The McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, immediately downplayed the information which appeared
on the Portuguese and Spanish news on Monday "as a completely historical note".
Portuguese evening news
coverage on Monday included commentaries from the former police detective who led the case into the disappearance of Madeleine,
But Gonçalo Amaral, the author of the explosive and banned book Maddie -
The Truth of the Lie (Maddie - A Verdade de Mentira) said on Monday night that it was "strange" that it had
been necessary for an ambassador to talk about evidence in order to give "some veracity to the McCanns' alleged involvement".
"I led the investigation, I know what's there and what needs to be done and I know that someone is responsible
for Madeleine's disappearance. I've no doubt about this.
"It was not the British police who reached
these conclusions. I don't know what evidence the British Ambassador was referring to. Now, that there were strong indications
that the parents were responsible - there were, and that they were collected by the Portuguese police in cooperation
with the British police, they were."
The former inspector told the press that the leaked information could
lead to the re-opening of the Madeleine case.
The cable to Washington, marked 'confidential'
from Alfred Hoffman Junior, stated: "without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police
had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents" and added "the British and Portuguese police have
been working cooperatively".
But the cable does not specify what evidence the British police are alleged to
have gathered or even if the UK investigators were involved in the decision to formally name them as suspects.
another cable, Hoffman stated: "Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has generated
a lot of international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions
of Madeleine's parents".
He said that the British Ambassador thought that the "media frenzy was to
be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials kept their comments behind closed doors".
spokesman from the British Embassy told the Algarve Resident on Tuesday: "We condemn any unauthorised release
of classified information, just as we condemn leaks of classified material in the UK. They can damage national security, are
not in the national interest and may put lives at risk. We have a very strong relationship with the US Government. That will
According to El Pais, the conversation between the two diplomats took place in Lisbon 19 days after
Gerry and Kate McCann had left Portugal after being questioned at Polícia Judiciária headquarters in Portimão.
In that interrogation, on September 6, Madeleine's parents were quizzed as suspects into the accidental death
of their daughter and of then having "hidden" Madeleine's body.
The case was later shelved because
of lack of evidence on July 21, 2008 and the 'arguido' status on the McCanns was dropped.
One of the clearest
examples of Portuguese-British police cooperation was that all of the analyses on material collected from the Praia da Luz
apartment and the rental vehicles used by the McCanns and their friends were carried out at a laboratory in Birmingham and
paid for by the British police.
Information widely published in the Portuguese press at the time was that information
on potential evidence was "shared between the Portuguese and British police and discussed jointly".
press also reported on the apparent rivalry between the two police forces investigating the disappearance and criticising
the methods used, rivalries and criticisms which were later downplayed when the British police stated that relations between
the two forces had been "excellent".
MARISA RODRIGUES 15 December 2010, 00h15m Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
"Leave us in peace once and for all." The request is made by a former Ocean Club
employee, in Praia da Luz, Lagos, who has been "insistently" contacted by a new group of private investigators hired
by the McCanns.
"They've contacted me three times, by letter, by phone and recently they came knocking
at my door. They were two women, one Portuguese another English, searching for new evidence to reopen the process, but we
want to forget what has happened. We will only answer to questions made by the Judiciary Police," vented the woman in
frustration. She is one of the witnesses heard during the investigation to Madeleine's disappearance, in May 2007.
This is an action that the former coordinator of the Portuguese Judiciary Police classifies as "illegal".
Even suggesting that "those people be identified and heard by the police because they are committing a crime."
This revelation comes a day after Wikileaks, quoted by Spanish newspaper "El País", disclosure of
the contents of a conversation between the United Kingdom and the United States ambassadors, with the former affirming that
the police of his own country had gathered evidence incriminating the child's parents.
"That had been
already stated by the PJ and figures in the process. It was the conviction of both police forces, however it had never been
assumed from the British side. The only novelty is, that, for the first time, there is someone who is not Portuguese, affirming
that there were suspicions against the couple, which reinforces the investigation thesis," said Gonçalo Amaral.
For the family spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, it is "an entirely historic note that is more than three years old.
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."
To JN, a source from the Portuguese
Public Relations team hired by the McCanns [Salvador da Cunha's Lift Consulting], confirmed that there is a "private
investigation team" led by a former British policeman, Dave Edgar, trying to gather evidence to reopen the process, archived
back in July 2008.
Yesterday, in a declaration, the Portuguese Attorney General, considered that there are no
"new, credible and relevant" facts to determine the reopening of the investigation related to Madeleine McCann.
By Eduardo Dâmaso, assistant director 15 December 2010 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
What is the worth of the WikiLeaks
disclosure in the Maddie case? It is truly worthy. Firstly, in the foreground, it shows that the British police were convinced as
to the credibility of the evidence that involved the parents in the disappearance. After that, the matter was then the
subject of a conversation, at State diplomatic level, between England and the USA.
In other words, and for reasons that remain
unclear and which may be related to some work by Gerry McCann for the British government, the issue had a clear
political dimension. It was a dossier that was managed with all political care, as can be understood by reference to
the "secrecy" that the matter demanded from the British.
Today, one can also realise the lack
of credibility in the information provided by the U.S. to the request of the investigation regarding the images
collected by a U.S. satellite positioned to the south of Portugal and North Africa. At the time, the Americans confirmed the
positioning of the satellite, but said that on the night of the disappearance it was directed toward Africa, and therefore,
it could not have seen a man carrying a child, which later was said by a witness to be Maddie's father.
the McCanns truly wished to reopen the case, now would be a good time. But is it really their convenience to face the
facts? It doesn't seem to be...
"Political Influence demands an Inquiry", 15 December 2010
Gerry and Kate McCann were constituted arguidos on September 7, 2007 and then returned home
Maddie: WikiLeaks reveals the conversation between the British and North-American ambassadors
Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the investigation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Praia
da Luz, on the night of May 3, 2007, is not surprised with the Wikileaks disclosure of the cable sent by the US ambassador
in Portugal, Alfred Hoffman Jr, to Washington.
By Paulo Marcelino / J.F. / R.R.
with agencies 15 December 2010 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
In that letter, of September 28, 2007, the diplomat reported on a conversation with his
British counterpart, Alexander W. Ellis, in which the latter said that the "British police had obtained evidence against
the McCanns". The former coordinator of the Judiciary Police admits that he felt "political pressures during the
investigation" and is now asking for the creation of a commission of inquiry in the Portuguese Republic Assembly, alleging
that political interference in a criminal investigation undermines the Rule of Law.
"There was political influence
as to the direction of the investigation and in the process archival," said Gonçalo Amaral to CM. The former coordinator
of the investigation - removed from it at its final stage - further adds: "Before the passivity, and almost complicity
of the government [Portuguese] still in office, it is imperative, within the Portuguese Republic Assembly, to create a commission
of inquiry, in order to investigate the influences and political manoeuvring which has led to the discontinuation of the investigation
and to the process archival. At stake is the Rule of Law."
As to the disclosure that it would have been the
British police to have gathered evidence against the couple, Gerry and Kate McCann (the missing girl's parents), Amaral
is peremptory: "They didn't gather any evidence". The former coordinator acknowledges the good cooperation of
the English police officers sent to the Algarve at the time, but adds that "whomever was in England had other ideas."
And he gives examples: "The English police even held back the statement made by Katherine Gaspar about a
potential paedophile [David Payne] in the group on holiday in Luz". And he recalls that David ended up being questioned
in England without the PJ's inspectors present. It should also be remembered that the credit information requested by
the Police never received a reply. And Amaral also says that "there are strong suspicions" that the FSS lab results
in England were manipulated. And that they were well known at the date of the cable. The laboratory conclusions devalued the
evidence that was found in the apartment and in the couple's car by the British dogs, specialized in sniffing blood and
SCENT OF DEATH
They were first offered in May and then provided with
some reservation back in August 2007, the dogs 'Eddie' and 'Keela' signalled the cadaver odour and found blood
traces in the apartment from where Maddie disappeared and inside the trunk of the car rented by the McCanns.
Gonçalo Amaral says that there is no evidence of abduction in the process other
than the statements of Jane Tanner, who was on holiday with the McCanns in Praia da Luz. "She recognized several people
as the perpetrators of the abduction and she lied blatantly," said the former PJ coordinator.
FELT PRESSURED": Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the Portuguese Judiciary Police
da Manhã – Did you feel political pressures during the investigation?
Amaral – I did, yes. I was confronted, by way of the national PJ directory, with a question that coincided
with the thought of the Attorney General's Office, at the time, that not all processes have a conclusion.
How do you explain the political interference?
– The initiative was started by the McCanns, through
their family contacts, in order to defend themselves.
– Does the cable disclosure surprise you?
– No. I only hope that the Portuguese Justice hears both ambassadors. They are potential witnesses.
COUPLE CREATE A NEW INVESTIGATION TEAM
A new team of investigators hired by the McCanns
and constructed of Portuguese and English elements, headed by a former British policeman is already in the Algarve according
to TVI. The couple allege to be interested in reviewing the constant sightings that appear in the process. But Gonçalo
Amaral dismisses them: "These parents aren't searching for their daughter. They only care about their own image."
And he argues that, otherwise they would ask for the reopening of the process, as he himself defends. "Just a letter.
They would only and solely have to pay for the price of the stamp," quips the former coordinator of the investigation.
[The article continues with general information related to the WikiLeaks releases]
Portugal Refuses To Re-open Madeleine McCann Investigation, 15 December 2010
Portugal Refuses To Re-open Madeleine McCann Investigation
Sky News Blog
Martin Brunt December 15, 2010 12:08 PM
I hear that ex-Madeleine cop Goncalo Amaral has
tried to use the WikiLeaks revelation to get the Portuguese investigation re-opened, but he's been rebuffed.
He urged the Attorrney-General in Lisbon to find out exactly what evidence against her parents was "developed"
by British police.
I imagine the top law officer Jose Pinto Monteiro, already knew what it was all about.
He said today that the Portuguese authorities would not respond to "opinions, digressions, political analyses, abstract
theories and journalistic comment."
Only fresh evidence would prompt a re-investigation, he said.
The Wikileaks website released a diplomatic cable from 2007 which suggested that British police had played an active role
in helping the Portuguese cops build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann over Madeleine's disappearance in May that year.
It was always a bit of a mystery at the time which British police were doing what, though they kept saying they were
simply acting as "co-ordinators"
The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves said the cable was
probably refering to the use of sniffer dogs, which were sent to examine the family's holiday apartment, hire car and
other things weeks later and before the couple were made official suspects in September.
Mr. Alves said: "This
information is totally useless. It makes one reference to evidence state prosecutors and the Judicial police considered useless.
"Nobody in a democratic state can be brought to trial on the basis of dogs barking."
were said to have found evidence of blood and a body, but the McCanns were eventually cleared of any involvement in their
daughter's disappearance and insist the suspicion around them held up the search for Madeleine and dissuaded potential
witness from speaking to police.
Posted by John Blacksmith at 15:30 Wednesday, 15 December 2010
(C) Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention
with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions of Madeleine's parents. 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. He commented that the media frenzy
was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors."
generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions
of Madeleine's parents." Note the phrase "Portuguese-led". The US ambassador is asking his newly-arrived
counterpart about the loud and persistent media attacks organized by the McCanns, their family, their public relations team
Hanover Communications and their wealthy backers following their flight from Portugal. Was it really true that the Portuguese
police had lost the plot and turned on the parents without evidence? Or, even worse, had they as the McCann family claimed,
actually framed - "fitted up" in the family's low-life phraseology – the pair?
were extremely serious. If there was evidence that they were true then clearly there would be dangerous implications
for the Anglo-Portuguese relationship. Then it really would get "political" since no nation would willingly allow
such a thing to happen to a pair of its innocent citizens. A breakdown in relations between the two countries would be almost
certain and, as an ally of both countries, the Americans would need to be briefed on it.
But the allegations were
not true. The Portuguese had not acted in such a disgraceful way. The claims had been made up by the parents
and their team. Ellis, "without going into details", gave the ambassador the evidence he needed to report to
his government: the claims couldn't be true because the British themselves had seen and worked on the evidence against
the parents and were therefore familiar with the facts.
Ellis was behaving perfectly correctly: he didn't add
any gossip and he made no comment about the possible innocence or guilt of the parents. As far as the media were concerned
his comments about the "frenzy" were obviously made in the light of the decision to make the pair arguidos: what
had been a dramatic story about a missing child had now moved into the legal arena and it was clearly imperative that members
of the UK government – whatever their personal opinions – made no public comments pro or con and allowed the legal
process to take its course.
The McCanns' odious spokesman – we discovered the reasons for his new hairstyle
recently, by the way, but we'll save that for another time – claimed that this was just history. It isn't. All
along the McCann team has tried to separate the British side of the investigation from the Portuguese "rogue cop and
rogue police force", safe in the knowledge that the Leicester Police cannot issue a formal denial of their claims.
The cable has two consequences, one legal and one concerned with the never-ending PR battle. As for the latter, that
cynical measure of average opinion, the Mail, immediately used the opportunity to air the old suspicions about the
parents since quoting the cable verbatim makes them safe from libel threats. It was notable that in its article the Mail
referred in neutral terms to Goncalo Amaral for the first time in two years – no "discredited", no "disgraced".
On the legal side this formal confirmation of Goncalo Amaral's central contention – that he was representative
of the entire investigation in his line of enquiry – continues the gradual demolition of the McCanns' libel and
associated claims in Portugal. And the ambassador's report confirmed once again the reckless and self-centred dishonesty
of the McCann family. If the facts showed that the media claims were untrue and the media claims derived directly from the
family and their Team – which we know they did - then the conclusion is clear: the McCanns were lying. Again.
Will the slightly crazed attacks on ambassador Ellis by the Portuguese cease with this evidence that he was countering the
lies being spread about their country? We doubt it. Just as we regret that when the courts and the evidence are moving in
Goncalo Amaral's favour he permits himself to be drawn into television speculation about the non-existent British political
pressure on the investigation.
The assorted conspiracy theorists on the Portuguese TV screens – none of whom,
unlike Amaral, is fighting a legal battle that could ruin them and can therefore indulge themselves in such games at no cost
– continue to encourage him along this doomed path rather than concentrating his expertise on the actions of the Tapas
9 and an evidence-based defence to the claims of the parents. These allies do him no favours: his enemies are noting the blatant
factual inaccuracies in his comments on the UK political and legal scene, no doubt with a view to damaging his credibility
Otherwise the cable is just another flicker in the "ever-widening pool of light."
The McCanns' statement to the Portuguese media, 15 December 2010
The McCanns' statement to the Portuguese media
15 December 2010
The speculation that has been published about our daughter's
disappearance as referred to on WikiLeaks forces us to take the following position:
WikiLeaks website has published
a summary of an alleged telegram exchanged between the USA and UK Ambassadors. This summary does not contain any new or relevant
facts that will lead us to the discovery of what happened to our daughter.
If the mentioned telegram does exist,
its contents only tell that the British Police developed in September 2007 (we believe that to be the date of the correspondence
exchange) information regarding our responsibility in the disappearance of our daughter.
We recall that on that date
the team coordinated by Gonçalo Amaral was still investigating the case, having produced a report incriminating both
of us. That report was not supported by evidence that validated his allegations so due to the absence of any incriminating
evidence about us, the case was filed after eight months of further investigation.
Presumably, if any correspondence
summarized by WikiLeaks does exist, it is based on the circumstances that arose in the investigation at that time, since we
do not know that there has been any further investigation besides the one that we all know about – and in the process
there isn't any information to the contrary.
Once again, the ex-inspector Gonçalo Amaral has seized the
opening given by the Portuguese media for his thesis, producing deeply hurtful insinuations and invocating the investigations
defects. Defects on an investigation that he coordinated and didn't achieve any useful results for our daughter.
speculations are periodically brought to public opinion by that former employee of the PJ, accompanied by threats to reopen
the case on his own initiative.
When he claims publicly that he knows what needs to be done on the investigation
and if "what needs to be done" is the investigation of facts, documents, data or real and concrete
information that can lead to Madeleine's whereabouts, discovery or even the reason for her disappearance, he has the obligation
to present it to the process to reopen the investigation, in which we are most interested.
We are aware that Madeleine's
disappearance is an inexhaustible source of enrichment to Gonçalo Amaral by means of false accusations, deeply offensive
and harmful to the investigation itself, so we appeal to journalists' critical sense to disentangle what is journalistic
information and what is speculation and a dubious means to an easy profit.
15th December 2010
"English may have other evidence", 16 December 2010
Maddie disappeared in May 2007. The parents were considered suspects
16 December 2010
British ambassador's revelations
raise new suspicions. Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator, believes that the British police did not disclose everything
to the PJ regarding the McCanns and the suspicion of paedophilia of their friend Payne.
Learn more in the paper
edition of the newspaper 'Correio da Manhã'.
- Front page -
Maddie Case: English suspected of withholding relevant
Gonçalo Amaral believes that the British police did not disclose all that they have found
to the PJ
- Article, page 10 -
Maddie Case: British
ambassador's revelations raise new suspicions
"English may have other evidence"
Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator, believes that the British police did not disclose everything to the PJ
regarding the McCanns and the suspicion of paedophilia of their friend Payne
HENRIQUE MACHADO 16
December 2010 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation/newspaper scan
The British ambassador
in Lisbon admitted that the police of his country found incriminating evidence against the McCanns in the disappearance of
their daughter Maddie, as was revealed by WikiLeaks. Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary case coordinator "without
knowing which evidence that was", admits that it could have been omitted. "It is very strange, for example, that
they did not send us the information relative to the suspicion (of paedophilia) referring to David Payne", an element
of the [Tapas] group in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007.
"Similarly, the British police always told
the PJ, in the requests made, that there was nothing relevant as to the credit card transactions" made by Maddie's
parents or by the group of friends, nor in relation to "Kate and Gerry's relationship or to the missing child clinical
records", for example.
The PJ coordinator does not believe that the evidence mentioned by the UK ambassador,
Alexander Ellis, with his US counterpart had anything to do with the fact that the dogs, which had detected blood and cadaver
odour in the trunk of the car rented by the McCanns, were British. "Even because, on September 28 (the day the ambassadors'
conversation took place), the English lab [F.S.S.] had already stated that the blood evidence gathered did not belong to Maddie".
Therefore, the evidence that Ellis makes reference to "must be something else" - which the British police failed
to deliver to the Judiciary.
For Amaral, the most probable hypothesis has to do with Payne: in Majorca, two summers
before, he had rubbed his nipple and put his finger in his mouth while looking at Maddie, suggesting a sexual act, asking
Gerry if his daughter would do that.
Those gestures were witnessed by a British doctor, who denounced them to
the British police in May 16, 2007. "The PJ was only informed in October", and, when Paulo Rebelo's team went
to England with questions for the group, David Payne "was the only one who was heard by the English Police without the
presence of the PJ".
He enjoyed giving baths Payne was the last person,
known, besides the parents, to see Maddie alive. The Englishman, over whom a suspicion of paedophilia was raised, enjoyed
giving baths to the children.
New Investigation Gonçalo Amaral, PJ inspector now retired,
told CM that he is gathering new indicia that provide for the reopening of the investigation.
Laboratory Amaral raises doubts as to the DNA results obtained by the English lab.
month marks our fourth Christmas without Madeleine. We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is, she is safe and well
and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves.
We would like to thank all
our supporters for 'staying at our side' in spite of the injustices that we continue to be subjected to. Madeleine
is the person who suffers most from all of this injustice. It is this fact alone which causes us the most distress.
It is absolutely heart-breaking.
The Wikileaks 'news' this week has led to the repetition of many unfounded
allegations and smears both in the UK and in Portugal in particular. This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who
wish to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts, including the very person who was entrusted with finding our daughter.
Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice. Without the love and help from
so many good people around the world we would not be able to find the strength to continue the fight to find our daughter.
Thank you to all those who have signed our petition calling on the UK and Portuguese Governments to conduct an independent
review of Madeleine's case. The petition is still on-going. If you haven't signed and would like to further the search
for Madeleine, please sign our on-line petition or sign
a paper petition form. The latter can be downloaded from the website and distributed to shops, post-offices
etc. and returned to us.
Along with our family, we would like to thank everyone who has sent us Christmas cards,
letters, donations and gifts at this difficult time of year. It is impossible to find enough positive words to describe such
kindness or the hugely important and heart-warming effect it has on us. Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy and positive 2011. Please remember
to spare a thought and a prayer for all the children who will not be with their families this Christmas.
Kate and Gerry
McCanns fury over Wiki slur, 19 December 2010
McCanns fury over Wiki slur News of the World (paper edition)
December 19, 2010
THE parents of Madeleine McCann last night condemned WikiLeaks "smears" as they prepared for their fourth Christmas
without their daughter.
A diplomatic cable from 2007 emerged on the controversial website suggesting that British
police had played an active role in helping the Portuguese cops build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann.
yesterday the McCanns said the WikiLeaks report "has led to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and smears both
in the UK and in Portugal in particular."
In a message on their Find Madeleine website, they added: "This
has been seized on by those who wish to compound our suffering."
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared
from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal while her parents dined with friends nearby.
KATE and Gerry McCann have reacted angrily to revelations by WikiLeaks that alleged British police had been helping
to build a case against them over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
In a statement on their Find Madeleine
website, they said: "The WikiLeaks 'news' this week has led to the repetition of many unfounded smears. This
has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts, including the very
person who was entrusted with finding our daughter."
The couple are locked in a bitter civil dispute with
former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in his book, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie.
Earlier this year the McCanns met Home Secretary Theresa May and were hoping to persuade her to order a review of all the
known evidence but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Their statement adds: "Those who could help Madeleine but
choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice.
"Madeleine is the person who suffers most from
all of this injustice. It is that fact alone which causes us the most distress. It is absolutely heart-breaking."
Last week newspapers published information from WikiLeaks about a meeting between US ambassador to Portugal Al
Hoffman and the British ambassador Alexander Wykeham Ellis in September 2007, four months after Madeleine disappeared from
an Algarve holiday apartment. In a diplomatic cable the US ambassador reported: "Without delving into the details of
the case, Ellis admitted the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed
that authorities from both countries were working cooperatively."
There is no politics, there is no private interest or of any other kind that can override the search for
By Francisco Moita Flores 19 December 2010 Thanks to Astro for translation
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,
And the truth is here again. Vigorous, without mercy, without pity for those who have always wanted
to see a moral end to this story. From pitiful journalists who have refused to publish any other thesis apart from the truth
that was sold and produced before time: the little girl was abducted, end of. Everything else was silliness and bad taste
by the Portuguese police and those who have always understood how the famous adbuction was impossible. And that silliness
was accepted by the Public Ministry, that ordered the process to be shelved, The investigation interrupted, the couple under
protection, the formal, judicial truth hacked off without scruples. WikiLeaks tells us that the whole thing was well secured
by the English government after all, and who knows where the evidence is being kept.
The truth is that the criminal
investigation cannot live on prejudice. To demonstrate the nexus of causality between the victim and the perpetrator is, under
any circumstance, the sole motivation that presides over police work. There is no politics, there is no private interest or
of any other kind that can override the search for the truth. This works in Portugal. And every year parents kill children
and children kill parents. Nevertheless, they are not protected by any specific government, neither in Portugal nor in any
other country. Therefore, they are subject to the superior decision of the courts.
That was not the case of the
unfortunate English child, whose disappearance remains unsolved due to the protection that surrounded her dear parents, who,
by the way, have always been treated in an excellent way in Portugal, regardless of the suspicions that hung over them. From
the media campaigns until the English provocation that insulted Portugal in the name of the parents' dignity. How much
did that campaign cost? Maybe there is another WikiLeaks cable that informs us about the dirt concerning this subject, that
we still have to learn.
By PETER MCKAY Last updated at 1:23 AM on 21st December 2010
- Extract -
At the same time, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - toast of the fashionable Left
- suffers a drop in his share value after new reports about his seedy sexual activities. It's reported that he and his
chief supporter at The Guardian are not on speakers.
Even the McCanns, who got newspapers to apologise for doubting
what they said about their missing daughter, Madeleine, are on the 'down' public esteem escalator after it was reported
that British police helped Portuguese colleagues build a case against them.
In the instant world of internet, Facebook
and Twitter commentary - faithfully repeated by the Press and TV - you are up one moment and down the next. On a rollercoaster
- as everyone always says when questioned on TV about how they feel.
McCanns angry at 'smears' fuelled
by WikiLeaks files, 21 December 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann have condemned claims published by website WikiLeaks that British police helped gather evidence
The McCanns, from Rothley, said the publication of the claim, made last week, had led to repeated
allegations and smears against them.
In a Christmas message published on their website, they thanked their supporters
in their search for Madeleine but said they continued to be subject to "heartbreaking" injustices.
couple are preparing for their fourth Christmas without their daughter, who went missing from the Portuguese resort of Praia
de Luz in May 2007 during a family holiday.
In the message published on their official website, they said: "We
would like to thank all our supporters for staying at our side in spite of the injustices that we continue to be subjected
"Madeleine is the person who suffers most from all of this injustice.
"It is this fact
alone which causes us the most distress.
"It is absolutely heartbreaking.
"The WikiLeaks news
has led to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and smears both in the UK and in Portugal in particular.
"This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts.
"Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice.
the love and help from so many good people around the world we would not be able to find the strength to continue the fight
to find our daughter."
Britain's ambassador to Portugal reportedly made the claim to an American diplomat
two weeks after Portuguese police named Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, as "arguidos", or formal suspects, in
their daughter's disappearance.
The message, contained in a US diplomatic communication, surfaced on the WikiLeaks
website last week.
Mr and Mrs McCann's status as suspects was lifted in July 2008 when Portuguese detectives
shelved the case.
Mr and Mrs McCann said: "We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is, she is safe and
well and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves."
More than 37,000
people have signed the couple's online petition calling on the UK and Portuguese Governments to conduct an independent
review into the evidence collected during the search for Madeleine.
Mr and Mrs McCann added: "Along with our
family, we would like to thank everyone who has sent us Christmas cards, letters, donations and gifts at this difficult time
"It is impossible to find enough positive words to describe such kindness or the hugely important
and heart-warming effect it has on us.
"Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are incredibly grateful."
The Find Madeleine fund, set up by the McCanns to help search for their missing daughter, stood at £470,034
at the end of March, according to accounts published at Companies House.
Since then, Mr and Mrs McCann have signed
a deal to write a book about Madeleine's disappearance, with all proceeds going to the fund.
Last year, the
fund paid for the private investigators, a telephone hotline for public information and the McCanns' legal battle to ban
a book about what happened to Madeleine by former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.
A Home Office spokesperson
said: "The Government wants to ensure everything feasible is being done to progress the search for Madeleine.
"The British authorities will maintain a dialogue with the Portuguese and continue to liaise with Madeleine's family
on any developments."
Internet revelations are "deeply hurtful" say the McCanns, 24 December
Kate and Gerry McCann have issued a scathing response to the WikiLeaks claims that the British Ambassador confided
that the British police had "helped develop" evidence against the couple over the disappearance of their daughter
In a statement to the Algarve Resident, the couple say that the alleged telegram about a conversation
between the UK and US Ambassadors to Portugal published by WikiLeaks "does not contain any new or relevant facts that
will lead us to the discovery of what happened to our daughter".
The statement continues: "If the mentioned
telegram does exit, its contents only tell that the British Police developed information regarding our responsibility in the
disappearance of our daughter."
The revelations from WikiLeaks were seen by Kate and Gerry McCann as an "opening"
for former lead investigator in the case, Gonçalo Amaral, and are described as being "deeply hurtful".
"Once again, the ex-inspector has seized the opening given by the Portuguese media for his thesis, producing
deeply hurtful insinuations and invocating the investigations defects. Defects on an investigation that he coordinated and
didn't achieve any useful results for our daughter," said the couple.
In response to claims by Gonçalo Amaral that he knows "what needs to be done" in the investigation (see
the Algarve Resident edition December 17), the McCanns said: "If 'what needs to be done' is the investigation
of facts, documents, data or real and concrete information that can lead to Madeleine's whereabouts, discovery or even
the reason for her disappearance, he has the obligation to present it to the process to reopen the investigation."
The couple added: "We are aware that Madeleine's disappearance is an inexhaustible source of enrichment to
Gonçalo Amaral by means of false accusations, deeply offensive and harmful to the investigation itself."
Further criticism of the WikiLeaks claims were posted by Kate and Gerry McCann on the findmadeleine.com website.
"The WikiLeaks 'news' this week has led to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and smears both in
the UK and Portugal in particular. This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to compound our suffering and
hamper our efforts, including the very person entrusted with finding our daughter."
Meanwhile, as the McCanns
approach their fourth Christmas without Madeleine, they once again made an appeal: "We hope with all our hearts that
wherever she is, she is safe and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves."