Michael Shrimpton’s Official Defence Statement in full.
Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins – Greg_L-W.
AYLESBURY A barrister accused of making hoax claims to a senior Ministry of Defence official about a bomb being hidden at an east London hospital is to stand trial next year. Michael Shrimpton, 56, allegedly told Barry Burton, a close colleague of Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond, that an explosive device was at Newham Hospital. Shrimpton, the author of conspiracy theory book, Spyhunter, is also said to have made bogus bomb claims to the offices of David Liddington, MP for Aylesbury, the following day, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The Court case is this month at Southwark!
A Copy of Michael Shrimpton’s Defence Statement has fortuitously come to hand from a source I have used from time to time.
Since I have tracked a version on a public forum I feel there is no point in redacting the details I can not confirm to protect Michael Shrimpton against his own fertile imagination and some of his more ‘strange statements’ so herewith:
Official Defence Statement in full:
IN THE CROWN COURT AT SOUTHWARK
B E T W E E N:-
R E G I N A
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M I C H A E L S H R I M P T O N, E S Q U I R E
D E F E N C E C A S E S T A T E M E N T
1. At all material times the Defendant acted in complete good faith, as a good citizen should, drawing to the attention of the proper authorities intelligence which came into his possession, via prosecution witness Neil Jones (page 129), whose good faith in the matter is not disputed. The intelligence indicated a potential nuclear or radiological threat to the Games of the XXX Olympiad (“the London Games”), with surface detonation and a Ground Zero within 2.5 miles of the Olympic Stadium in East London. The intelligence appears to have been passed to Mr Jones via multiple sources, including a cut-out in Belgrade and the respected intelligence commentator Benjamin Fulford in Tokyo. It followed published threats by the al Qaeda terrorist organisation of a catastrophic (“Level Three”) attack against the United Kingdom during the Games period, specifically mentioning London as the target city.
2. As an illustration of his good faith, the Defendant used his best endeavours to try and verify the intelligence before contacting the authorities. The approach to the Secretary of State for Defence, in his capacity as a member of the National Security Council of the United Kingdom, was on the informal advice of a retired Director-General of Intelligence, Air Marshal Sir John Walker, whom the Defendant contacted on his mobile telephone. The Defendant was known to the Air Marshal, a distinguished air intelligence officer and former commander of a nuclear strike wing. The actus reus of the offence is not made out in respect of either count in the indictment. No positive assertions as to the presence of an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) in London were made in either call, i.e. the intelligence was qualified. The notes of the conversations are inaccurate to the point of being garbled. The note by Mr Barry Burton of the MOD was not made until the following day and the note by Ms Sarah Sproat is little more than a summary on a ‘Post-It’ note. In the ordinary course of events each call, having been made on a digital telephone exchange, would have been recorded by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) under the Echelon system, the Defendant’s voiceprint being held by GCHQ, the American National Security Agency (NSA) and other Allied signals intelligence agencies under the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing arrangements. On the balance of probabilities recordings of both calls are being withheld by GCHQ from the CPS in order to prejudice the defence. On balance the Director GCHQ probably has the sanction of the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, to withhold this material evidence from the CPS, the Defendant and the court. The Defendant respectfully adopts the conclusions of Benjamin Fulford (www.Veterans Today.com, already disclosed) that (1) the Cabinet Secretary reports to the Director General Operations 2 (GO2) and (2) the current Director GO2 is Sir John Scarlett, former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
3. The intelligence briefing to the MOD, which it was intended to back up with a briefing to the Foreign Secretary, hence the call to David Lidington MP’s agent, was substantially accurate and was confirmed by radiation signature readings taken by US military satellites, probably KH-13s, of the National Reconnaissance Office, in low earth orbit between 2200 hours Zulu (GMT) and 0100 hours Zulu on 20th/21st April 2012. These readings, which were downloaded to a ground station near Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA, indicated that a source of weapons-grade plutonium was present adjacent to, then on, the Blackwater River Estuary in Essex. This Satellite Intelligence (SATINT) is consistent with reporting of a viable IND being removed from the UK by a German SSK. The SATINT would have been made available to GCHQ as a matter of course under the UKUSA (originally BRUSA) Intelligence Treaty and on balance is probably being withheld from the CPS, the defence and court. The intelligence was also confirmed in broad terms in November 2012 at the Lancaster House GICNT seminar, the Powerpoint presentations of which should be disclosed (the Defendant has learnt from several of the participants that there were no formal papers).
The Nature and Sources of the Defendant’s Intelligence Expertise
4. As set out in Part 1 of Spyhunter the Defendant is an intelligence and national security specialist, as confirmed by the amount of intelligence material in his possession when his new flat was unlawfully raided by Thames Valley Police. Since nothing of evidential significance to the prosecution, save for one Exhibit (AAH/4, a notebook), which simply confirms the point made in paragraph 2 supra, as it listed a number of people and agencies via whom the Defendant was trying to verify the intelligence, or vice versa, the Defendant does not intend making an application under PACE s.78 to exclude any of the illegally seized material. The Defendant has never held himself out as an intelligence officer. If the prosecution wish to assert that he has made such a claim they must call the person who alleges that claim was made to him or her, i.e. objection will be taken at trial to inadmissible hearsay statements.
5. The Defendant has advised and represented intelligence officers, including “Juliet Lima”, now living in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, from whom the prosecution has taken a statement and whose connection to the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was acknowledged in interview. He has had an article published in a specialist peer-reviewed intelligence publication, the respected Journal of International Security Affairs, whose then Editor, the late Ambassador Harvey Feldman, had long-standing links to the CIA. He has also been invited to speak at intelligence conferences, including the Intelligence Conference (INTELCON) at Crystal City, Virginia, USA in February 2005, the Intelligence Summit, at the same venue (the Hyatt Crystal City) in 2006 and the Intelligence Conference at Gregynog, Wales in 2013. He has also taught the subject, online, using an encrypted online teaching programme called “Educator”, at Masters Degree level, as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the American Military University and has recently written an intelligence text, Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence. The Defendant has also acted as Human Intelligence (HUMINT) source for a number of Western intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police. In 2010 the Defendant provided accurate intelligence about memory sticks holding raw intelligence data being in the possession of the murdered GCHQ officer Dr Gareth Williams to Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire, who led the police investigation into Dr Williams’s death. The facts that he was murdered and was in possession of memory sticks were subsequently confirmed at the inquest into his death. The Defendant was about two years ahead of any other HUMINT source to the Met on the memory sticks.
6. The Defendant has also been consulted by the media on inter alia intelligence matters, including by the makers of the BBC TV series Spooks. The attempt to denigrate him by Kudos may simply reflect an anxiety not to lose contracts from the BBC, which pays for a substantial amount of Kudos Productions’ output. The hearsay opinions about him attributed to the Spooks scriptwriters are not accepted and the prosecution are put to strict proof of them.
7. The Defendant has visited inter alia the Department of Defense (Pentagon) and the White House in Washington DC. He has conferred at the Pentagon with inter alia Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, military advisers to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Director of the Office of Net Assessment, Dr Andrew Marshall. Pace the with respect intelligence illiterate assertions of the officers in interview Dr Marshall remained at the Pentagon well beyond retirement aged (he is presently aged over 90). The most powerful intelligence officer in the Pentagon, Vice-President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld were protégés of his. The Defendant successfully represented the late General Pinochet Ugarté in negotiations in Washington DC in 1999/2000 designed to secure the general’s release from house arrest in the United Kingdom, in breach of the United Kingdom’s international obligation of comity with the Republic of Chile, of which the general was a former Head of State.
8. The CIA and the White House were represented informally in those negotiations by the late Lieutenant-General Vernon Walters, formerly Deputy Director and briefly Acting Director of the CIA. An exceedingly high-powered individual General Walters acted as an advisor to every American President from Harry S. Truman onwards. He was heavily involved in the arrangements for the Paris Peace Talks which concluded US involvement as a belligerent in the Vietnam War, and advised President Richard Nixon in respect of the US rapprochement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). During the course of the Pinochet negotiations the Defendant was invited to lunch by Ambassador (as he became) John Bolton. That lunch was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Ambassador Bolton, subsequently, was gracious enough to invite the Defendant to attend the Ambassador’s swearing in as Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs by Justice Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, at the State Department in Washington, in 2001. Thames Valley Police are well aware of this as they rang the Defendant on his mobile phone following an incursion by gypsies onto land in Aylesbury, Bucks in which he held a moiety interest, and the Defendant took the call just as his limousine arrived at the State Department.
9. On 27th February 2006 the Defendant was flown out to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in the North Atlantic in a Grumman Greyhound C-2 Carrier On Board Delivery (COD) aircraft, as part of the of the United States Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. The Defendant was invited to a one on one working breakfast with a Flag Officer. The matters discussed must of necessity remain confidential, on the grounds of national security, not least as none of the Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers or CPS officials involved in this prosecution, with respect, has a sufficiently high security clearance. Whilst it is not unknown for a British civilian, not connected to the government nor a member of the intelligence services, to be flown onto and catapulted off an American nuclear carrier it is not an everyday occurrence
Intelligence Successes in which the Defendant has participated.
10. The Defendant is well used to working with others in the broader Allied Intelligence Community (INTELCOM) and freely acknowledges that others have participated in some of the intelligence successes identified below. In relation to Operation Vulcan he has never denied that he worked as part of a team, loosely defined. That does not mean that there was direct contact between members of the team. Given the level of intelligence monitoring of the Defendant’s phone lines and e-mail no intelligence source or officer could contact him by electronic means including via digital telephone exchange without exposing their identity to inter alia GCHQ, Siemens, the covert German Deutscher Verteidigungs Dienst intelligence agency and GO2. The Defendant respectfully adopts the statement in the Washington Post for 9th June 2013, commenting on the NSA’s Prism programme (which the Defendant supports) that “intelligence analysts are typically taught to chain through contacts two “hops” out from their target.” The context is admittedly different, but applies just as well to the deniable supply of intelligence by an agency wishing to remain in the background. It follows a fortiori that the telephone call tracing exercise carried out TVP was with respect pointless. The fact that public money was wasted on it at all simply reflects with respect the intelligence illiteracy of the officers involved.
11. The Defendant correctly categorised the 7/7 terrorists as non-suicide bombers within two weeks of the attacks and so informally briefed in West Midlands Police Special Branch at the first specialist conference on the 7/7 attacks, held at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall on 26th July 2005. The Defendant also warned the Metropolitan Police, at or around midnight on 19/7, after a SO12 (Special Branch) officer visited his then home on Watermead, near Aylesbury, about the possibility of an al Qaeda attack on the London Underground on 22/7. The police failure to act on this warning placed dozens if not hundreds of lives at risk. In the events which happened the al Qaeda terrorists were concerned that their detonators had been rigged for immediate detonation, as on 7/7, and withdrew them from the explosives. The Defendant correctly appreciated that Jean Charles de Menezes was not an “electrician” but a rogue Brazilian intelligence officer, ex ABIN, who was working for al Qaeda as a mercenary electronics expert. If the prosecution wish to assert that he was working as an electrician in London they are challenged to say where and to produce evidence. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ all hold relevant files on de Menezes, which should be produced.
12. In relation to nuclear threats and nuclear terrorism Operation Vulcan was the Defendant’s fifth success. In August 2000, as set out in Spyhunter, he correctly appreciated that al Qaeda were seeking to acquire weapons-grade U-235 uranium from a covert source in the Philippines. That was the background to the fax to the Defendant on 24th August 2000 from Dr Henry Kissinger, which TVP have. Since U-235 would only be used in a Level 3 catastrophic attack and the only one in the planning stages in August 2000 was 9/11 it is a reasonable inference that al Qaeda and the DVD originally planned to leverage the 9/11 attacks with Improvised Radiological Devices (IRDs). The relevant US files will have been made available to MI6 under the UKUSA arrangements.
13. The Defendant also correctly appreciated that the scientific intelligence officer Dr David Kelly CMG was murdered and that the motive for his murder, by GO2, was to prevent him passing on to his contacts in Tel Aviv the fact that President Chirac of France, at German request, had covertly shipped, by SSK, several quantities of weapons-grade plutonium from the covert French stockpile. The Defendant further appreciated, and so advised the proper Israeli security authorities, the National Nuclear Safety Administration in the US and Mohammed el-Baradei, then the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna, that the Iranian enriched uranium programme was an intelligence blind and that Iran was in possession of operational, plutonium-cored, nuclear warheads. These conclusions are disputed within INTELCOM but the Defendant stands by them and notes that both the United States and Israel abandoned plans for a first use of nuclear weapons against Iran. So far as the Defendant is aware his conclusions are now widely accepted by intelligence agencies throughout the Middle East.
14. After the Defendant became aware that Dr Kelly, along with David Cameron, then a Conservative Central Office official and now First Lord of the Treasury and Prime Minister, accompanied UK-manufactured nuclear weapons casings to South Africa, suitable for the South African Blackburn B-103 Buccaneer S. Mk 50 delivery system, with its unique rotary bomb-bay, and that three of the SA weapons were supplied in turn to Iraq and the Iran he correctly appreciated a possible threat to Houston, Texas. The SA weapons were covert, since the Republic of South Africa was officially not a nuclear-armed state, and the weapons were designed for easy covert shipment in a standard ISO container with rails welded to the floor, using a cradle designed by a British engineering firm. Since they could easily be shipped in a container they were a security nightmare, since any Iranian-flagged container ship could deliver a device to any port in the Western world. If the containers were lead-lined, as they would be bound to be, detection would be difficult, until the advent of muon tomography, partly inspired by this very threat.
15. The Defendant’s appreciation that Houston was a possible target was probably correct. After he so advised the FBI he was invited into a meeting in the FBI Houston Field Office in February 2005, driving there from Los Angeles, via meetings with inter alia the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Tuscon, Arizona (a DEA Supervisor involved in that meeting, India India, now retired, kindly agreed to take a call from the second officer in the case, DS Mottau, who has refused to speak to him, evidence the Defendant says of TVP’s bad faith and unwillingness to due diligence the Defendant’s statements). There was Iranian intelligence (VEVAK) activity on the ground in Houston and the nearby port of Galveston. One of these weapons was probably detonated by North Korea, confirming the theoretical yield of 15 kilotons (KT). The Defendant’s appreciation that a 15KT detonation in a container ship moored in Galveston harbour would significantly damage Houston, home to a large part of America’s energy sector, was correct. The Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS), MI5, MI6 and GCHQ all have files on these weapons. The then Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Boyce, may be able to confirm to the Attorney-General, it being a matter entirely for him, that British Special Forces were charged with intercepting these devices on the ground, near the Iraq/Syrian frontier, shortly before the Iraq War, at a time when the weapons were under the control of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
16. In 2010/11 the Defendant correctly appreciated the possibility that one or more of these devices might be used by Iran to threaten the London Games, by mooring a container ship downstream of the Thames Barrier in the Thames Estuary, where the blast radius would pose a threat to the Olympic Stadium. This appreciation seems to have been shared by Admiral Lord West of Spithead (page 122).
17. In 2007 the Defendant correctly appreciated that Madeleine McCann’s kidnap was sponsored by the German DVD, whose existence is acknowledged by Commodore English (page 132). As a matter of law the prosecution may not traduce the evidence of their own witness, not least as intelligence is a highly specialist area, requiring high IQ, the CPS officials and TVP officers involved with the case with respect lack any meaningful intelligence expertise or experience whatsoever and none of them is qualified to contradict the Commodore on matters falling within his specialist area of expertise. The largely inadmissible smear report circulated by Leicestershire Police contains outright fabrications, including the false claim that an officer of Leicestershire Police spoke with Major-General Julian Thompson, RM (ret’d). The willingness of TVP Special Branch to adopt these smears without putting the allegations to the Defendant or checking them with respect drags down their credibility as well.
18. GCHQ, MI5, MI6 and DIS all have relevant files on the McCann kidnap and murder. The Pentagon and CIA files will also be available under the UKUSA arrangements. The current Metropolitan Police inquiry is a farce with respect and arguably a cruel hoax upon the poor parents, who have been systematically and cruelly misled by the police, who are partly responsible for their daughter’s murder. The Cabinet Office and intelligence services are perfectly well aware that the poor girl was murdered in or around December 2008, and that her photograph was sent via e-mail to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, who selected her for kidnap and sexual abuse. GCHQ have a copy of the e-mail, with Madeleine’s photograph annexed as a JPEG file, which was intercepted by the NSA at the e-maul switching centre at RAF Minwith Hill, Yorkshire. It should of course be disclosed. The Prime Minister of the day, Tony Blair, was probably aware that she had been located to a high degree of probability on board the MV Naomi Corlett in Moroccan territorial waters. The rescue mission proposed by Gerard Group International LLC, on whose Advisory Board the Defendant then sat, was blocked, it would seem for political reasons, as the UK Government was fearful of the damage which would be done to Anglo-European relations by the exposure of the President of the European Commission as an active paedophile, and moreover one who was being blackmailed by the most powerful German intelligence agency (the DVD), who were supplying him with kidnapped toddlers to abuse, in order to satiate his perverted sexual desires. Leicestershire Police are suppressing inter alia an e-mail to them from the Cabinet Office, annexing a chain e-mail from the Foreign Office, complaining about the Defendant’s level of access to IMINT and Communications Intelligence/Intercept (COMINT) material. The Defendant respectfully asserts this is being done for fear of the credibility it would give the Defendant.
19. The Defendant correctly appreciates that terrorism is a state-sponsored phenomenon. He took a leading role in making the link between 9/11 and Iraq, in particular in identifying the terrorist training facility in Iraq (Salman Pak) where the 9/11 pilots were trained and the equipment on which they were trained (a Boeing 767 simulator seized from Kuwait Airways in August 1990). GCHQ are well aware of this intelligence, as relevant NRO/NSA IMINT was passed to them, but have chosen to suppress it. The Defendant did offer to give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry but with respect its report is likely to be a whitewash. TVP, and UK police in general, are prevented by doctrinal constraints from dealing with Level 3 terrorist attacks. Viewing terrorism as a spontaneous phenomenon carried out by groups with a grievance, real or imagined, as they do, with respect they are unable to grasp that successful terrorist organisations are backed by intelligence agencies. They also fail to grasp that terrorist attacks in the UK are normally assisted from the inside by GO2. This helps explain their with respect pathetic failure to get to grips with the IRA’s murderous campaign and a whole series of policing failures, including the Brighton Bombing, where they nearly managed to lose the Prime Minister. The police at best are only able to deal with a Level 2 attack, almost invariably after the event, as policing in the UK, unlike the USA after 9/11, is not intelligence led. With a nuclear/radiological attack the police with respect are hopelessly out of their depth, indeed at best can only be spectators. The official counter-terrorist strategy, CONTEST, is with respect risibly inadequate and calculated to perpetuate the failures of the campaign against the IRA, such as it was.
20. The Defendant also correctly appreciated that Osama bin Laden was not personally religious, i.e. that his public image was a front. In coming to that conclusion he was informed by his knowledge, gained in part through high-level direct and indirect Saudi contacts, including the late H.E. Prince Mohammed, Governor of the Eastern Province, who before his assassination supported the Customer Buy-Out bid for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors co-ordinated by the Defendant in 1997/1998, without wishing to give offence to any Muslim, that Islam was a fraudulent religion. That is because the Koran was not dictated by God, as Islamic theologians proclaim, but by a series of theologians at the Vatican, hence the original being in Latin and the requirement for early Islamic scholars to speak Latin. The Defendant also understood that the first author of the Koran died before the work could be completed, explaining the differences between the earlier and later chapters. That in turn helps explain the deep division between Sufi and Salafist Muslims, which in turn has a bearing on understanding Islamo-fascist terrorist organisations such as al Qaeda. Understanding that bin Laden only wore religious dress when on public view (e.g. when recording propaganda videos) helped in tracking him. This analysis was of interest inter alia to the NSA and FBI, which may help explain why the illegally seized material included a name in the Arabian Peninsula intelligence section of the FBI. Intelligence analysts and policy-makers who view Islam as a genuine religion, and fail to understand that al Qaeda is sponsored by the DVD, inevitably will be unable to accurately predict its targeting priorities. TVP, e.g. have mocked the Defendant for stating that al Qaeda had probably targeted British rail infrastructure. It is of course easy to mock that which you do not understand. Bild carried reports in the week beginning 19th August 2013 that al Qaeda was targeting rail infrastructure in Europe, citing US intelligence reports.
21. The Defendant also passed on intelligence on several planned assassination attempts on President George W. Bush. Since urgent warnings were passed to the Secret Service via telephone GCHQ will on balance have a record of them. It is highly improbable that the Secret Service would agree to the release of files from its efficient Intelligence Center in Arlington, but the GCHQ files should suffice. The Defendant has been in contact with the Secret Service, who have agreed to speak to TVP. The absence of a Secret Service witness refuting the Defendant’s claims, which are not being made for the first time and in any event appear in Spyhunter, is noted, as is the absence of a witness from the FBI, to whom the Defendant has also spoken.
The Boeing Sentry AEW Mk 1 Grounding
22. The political grounding of the Sentry fleet, our best defence against a nuclear terrorist attack, at the critical time provides powerful support for the reasoning of the Vulcan team, and powerful evidence that the Cabinet Office, as Benjamin Fulford has stated, are penetrated by Germany’s GO2. Of course the aircraft could have been sortied, had there been the political will, as there was nothing wrong with them. The MOD would not have misled the public, and in turn the court, with the with respect nonsensical explanations put forward, without Cabinet Office backing. The prosecution position on the Sentries is built upon an obvious lie, that an RAF Sentry has been withdrawn from service. Seven Sentries in all were delivered by Boeing, and all seven are still in service, six in squadron service and one as a training aircraft, all at RAF Waddington. The prosecution would not have put themselves in such an exposed position, potentially damaging to the credibility of TVP and the CPS as organisations (clearly both should be broken up), had not they not fallen with respect for their own propaganda and refused to accept that the Defendant is an air intelligence specialist sufficiently high-powered to be able to confirm from both Boeing, the airframe manufacturer, and Lockheed Martin, the prime maintenance contractor, that there were no reported problems with the Boeing E-3 Sentry in 2012.
Nuclear Warheads Available to the German DVD for Terrorist Purposes as of 01APR12
23. As of 1st April 2012 there were probably up to seven (7) nuclear warheads available to the DVD, although there are areas of uncertainty over the deployment of a nuclear warhead trigger for the Boxing Day Tsunami and if so how many were deployed, the North Korean nuclear programme and the possible splitting of acquired warheads, i.e. the division of fissile material so as to create two or more smaller viable devices. TVP have never accepted with respect that there are any nuclear warheads unaccounted for, a facile position with respect, unsupported with INTELCOM, indeed, again with respect, it borders on fantasy. Officially there are no missing nuclear warheads of course, but the official position is simply adopted so as to not to alarm the public. A total of four, diallable, 500KT P700 Granit warheads were removed from the SSGN Kursk in August 2000 (the already submitted article on Soviet cruise missiles, which need not be evidenced as it is a published text from a reputable source, and may be cited in the same way as an extract from a learned specialist journal, accurately sets out the history of the Soviet/Russian SLCM programme). A further four 550 KT, non-diallable, SS-19 warheads seem to have been acquired from Kiev on behalf of Iran by the DVD agent Viktor Bout in or about 2002. Two, possibly three, of these may have been deployed in earthquake-triggering undersea detonations (GCHQ have access to the seismic surveys of each event). One may have been retrieved since April 2012 by the CIA in a successful sting operation. There may have been two of the SA 15 KT devices still in circulation, although they appear to have been sent to North Korea, where both may have been detonated. It is the threat posed by these warheads which stimulated the immense research effort into methods of countering covert IND insertion, including muon tomography, able to penetrate lead shielding.
24. The purported interview transcripts are incomplete and inaccurate, and are not accepted. Strictly the interviews are inadmissible, as there are no admissions, however there is no objection to the discs being played to the jury. The Defendant will be giving evidence, there is no departure from any of his statements in interview, all of which were given in good faith and are accurate, save as some confusion over Skype (the Defendant has been a long-term Skype user and has used Skype terminals other than his own, but Skype software was not in fact downloaded onto seized mini-laptop computer) and playing the discs would to a large extent, the court may agree, take the place of evidence in chief.
Disclosure/Abuse of Process
25. There has been a wholesale failure to disclose material intelligence files in the possession of JIC, the Cabinet Office, MI5, MI6, TVP Special Branch, SOCA, CTC, GCHQ and DIS, such as to corrupt the trial process and with respect call into question the integrity of both TVP and the CPS. The DPP has very properly, with respect, been forced to stand down and hopefully his replacement will work to a higher ethical standard, ditto the new Director-General of MI5. Clearly Sir Jonathan Evans could not continue as D-G after the Service’s multiple failures over Vulcan, which happened on his watch and nearly cost tens of thousands of lives. The Director of SOCA has also been forced out and rightly so, with respect. Again the defence respectfully hope that his successor will work to a higher ethical standard and stop withholding relevant material, including the Defendant’s role as a CHIS, from the defence and the court.
26. The Defendant should explain the concept of collateral intelligence attack. When it becomes desirable in the national security interest to force say the director of an intelligence or law enforcement agency from office it is almost unknown for the real reason to be made public, particularly in a nation such as the UK where the state bureaucracy is penetrated by a hostile intelligence agency and has only limited functionality (the CPS with respect is a classic example of a penetrated state prosecutor, hence the Defendant’s conclusion, expressed in Spyhunter that it is in the national security interest of the United Kingdom for it to be broken up). The director in question will usually come under counter-intelligence scrutiny and may or may not be placed under surveillance. If the surveillance or standard MISE checks throw up concerns over corrupt practices, as was the case with the outgoing Director of SOCA (improper concealment of private business dealings) these can be used to force the Director to resign, usually ‘to spend more time with his family.’ This can either be done directly, or indirectly through say an oversight committee or tame journalists in the media. For the avoidance of doubt, although several hundred media contacts were in the unlawfully seized material, this not something the Defendant himself would ordinarily do, although he might be sounded out informally by intelligence officers about concerns they might have, or asked for suggestions as to a suitable successor.
Lines of Cross-Examination
27. These are indicated in the attached Annex, which it is hoped is a helpful way of setting them out.
20th August 2013
A N N E X
Why was the Defendant’s voicemail not treated as a hoax if that was genuinely her view? The Defendant would also with to further clarify the timeline and why the political references he gave were not taken up. If the prosecution wish to take statements from them they are at liberty to do so.
What was actually said? Why was no note taken at the time? What exactly was said by the Cabinet Office and to whom did he speak? Why is there no statement from that person? To which agencies was the intelligence passed on and why, if it genuinely the view of MOD that the Defendant’s briefing on Vulcan was given in bad faith? What checks were made with DIS? Did TVP go back to Burton after DIS, DIA and ONI names and numbers were seized from the Defendant’s home? Why were the MOD willing to mislead the public, TVP, the CPS and the court over the Sentries? Who grounded them? What is the state of MOD’s knowledge on Vulcan? Why were the referees the Defendant named not consulted, as a background check on him? Can Burton confirm the accuracy of the names and numbers for MOD in AAH/18? Have checks been made, e.g. with former Chiefs of Staff, as to whether they know the Defendant? Are MOD aware of the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA)? Is it right that the Defendant is associated with them? How many former Chiefs of Staff are associated with UKNDA? What follow-up contact has there been with the Pentagon, the RAN and the Indian Navy over Vulcan, in particular over associated naval activity in the Indian Ocean? Why was the call not recorded? What have MOD done to retrieve the Echelon recording from GCHQ?
Why was the Defendant’s e-mail not acted upon? What checks if any were made with e.g. AWRE Aldermaston about the phrase ‘emissions-silent’, standard terminology for a nuclear security specialist? What qualifications does Ms Brit possess which suit her to make judgments about nuclear security? Can she confirm that Sir David Nicholson has been forced to resign in disgrace following over 1,000 unnecessary deaths at a hospital for which he was responsible? Was that scandal the real reason for his resignation or was it his contribution to the grotesque security failure over Vulcan, which placed many more lives at risk, including that of our beloved Sovereign?
What actually was said and why were the recordings not kept? Does she support David Lidington’s re-selection as MP?
Does she support David Lidington’s re-selection? Is it right that ACCA is split, on the issues of gay marriage, HS2 and Europe, on which issues the Defendant is opposed to David Lidington? Can she confirm the circumstances in which the Defendant defected to the Conservative and Unionist Party in 1997? Can she confirm that the Defendant is known to senior figures on the Right of the Party?
Can she confirm that the Defendant and John Randall MP are known to each other? The media reports of the Defendant’s defection and the associated press conference, attended by John Randall and the Defendant, at which he was introduced as a Tory should be put to her, as a courtesy. They were served as an annex to the dismissal submissions.
Where are his notes, supporting his claim that the Defendant stated that he was an “intelligence officer”? Was this officer mistaken about that, or is he simply lying, in order to discredit the Defendant? If he was lying was asked to lie by a superior officer and if so which officer?
Agreed, as to fact.
Agreed, as to fact. Clearly the legality of the search and seizure are disputed but those are matters for the civil proceedings.
Why have there been no follow-up enquiries re the Defendant’s intelligence contacts? What has been done to review Neil Jones’s telephone records, even after it became clear that he and the Defendant were in regular communication at the material time? Why was nothing done to verify the Defendant’s statements in interview, save for pointless checks of his phone records, even after he had made it clear that cut-outs were being used? Did she notice a van opposite 8 Jusons Glebe when the illegal raid was being carried out? What contact has there been with MI5 and GHCQ? Why were MI6 and the Foreign Office not contacted after the ministerial statement to the press on 1st November 2012 confirming a nuclear threat to the London Games? What has been done to put material statements by the Defendant to other prosecution witnesses? Why are the two letters from MI5 to the Defendant being suppressed?
Agreed as to fact.
As per Lynsey Blas, with additional questions about contact with MI5. Intel contacts in AAH/18 and 19 will be put to this witness. Why can the claim in interview that Ambassador Bolton gave a statement not be supported by a statement from the Ambassador? Why were no checks made with Major-General Howes in Washington or MOD re Director Marshall of ONA at the Pentagon? Does this officer now accept the truth of the Defendant’s statements about the age and status of Director Marshall? Why do TVP still support CONTEST when it’s risible nonsense and has been an obvious failure? Does this officer now accept that SECTU are out of their depth in dealing with terrorism and do not understand it? What nuclear warheads do SECTU accept are in circulation and available to al Qaeda? Why could SECTU not do a basic Internet search and locate the websites missed by those responsible for Olympic security? What contact has there been with the Russian GRU and SVR? Why is there no statement from the US Secret Service? Does this officer accept that TVP have a history of lying about the Defendant and concealing material facts from the Bar Council and High Court judges? Why was the Special Branch report on the ID of the bogus Iranian Bar Council complainant not disclosed? Why have Special Branch had the Defendant under surveillance for “thirty years” (the officer’s own words in interview) and why have TVP Special Branch been party to the dissemination of smears on the Defendant including the blatant lies that he was forced out of Tanfield Chambers and the Military Commentators Circle? Why did TVP SB smear the Defendant to Christopher Story, aiding the latter’s assassination by the DVD and was this officer in any way involved in the disgraceful murder of the British intelligence officer Dr David Kelly CMG?
Why was this witness party to gross breaches of security and confidentiality? Who is John Lynes, to whom does he report and why is there no statement from him? Does he accept that the Security Liaison Office are penetrated by GO2? Did any of the Principals approve of the actions he took? Has he been asked to verify the contact details at the Palace seized from the Defendant? Why have the Defendant’s Palace and Lord Lieutenancy files not been disclosed? Does he accept that the Defendant was in communication with the Palace over a successful attempt to prevent the theft of monies from a joint account in which one of the Principals had an interest?
Squadron Leader Evans
With whom did you consult before issuing your statement? Why have you not dealt with the discrepancy between your statement and the public statements at the time of the MOD? What was the “engineering issue”? Which aircraft was “disposed of”? What aircraft were delivered to the RAF and how many are still in service? Where is the audit trail for this alleged “engineering issue”? Why was Boeing, as the design authority for the E-3, not notified? Ditto the USAF, Royal Saudi Air Force, Armée de l’Air and NATO? The known hull losses and production history of the E-3 will be examined in detail. Where is the statement from Lockheed Martin? Is it right that Lockheed Martin maintain the aircraft? Why is there no reference to them in his statement? Were the Vulcan team correct in their conclusion that that the Sentry was the one aircraft in the RAF inventory able to carry suitable radiation sampling equipment? Does this officer accept that the RAF have a long history of radiation sampling, e.g. Operation Chanti 01 (543 Squadron, ex El Pumerillo AFB Peru, following a French nuclear test, probably at Mururoa Atoll, 20th June 1974, Handley Page HP80 Victor B(SR) Mk 2 XL193)? Does the Sentry have the ability to deploy muon tomography packages? What nuclear devices are assumed to be available for terrorist insertion into the UK? What intelligence follow-up was there to the NRO/NSA satellite confirmation of the Vulcan intelligence? What intelligence ‘wash-up’ has there been to the E-3 Fleet’s failure to detect the Vulcan devices, in particular consultation with the USAF AEW community? What about the Cambridge Airport King Air crash and its monitoring of the Olympic site?
Commander Gareth John
What was the Fleet’s disposition as of 21st April 2012? Why is there no reference to contact from ONI, ‘wash-up’ after Vulcan and the SOSUS records? What contact was there with the Indian Navy, RAN and USN over the incident in the Indian Ocean involving an SSK, NE of the Comoros Islands? Does this officer accept that there is a covert Iranian submarine base in the Comoros Islands? What was done if anything about the covert SSK facility in the Philippines identified by the Vulcan team?
This witness’s offensive characterisation of the Defendant’s dealings with Kudos will be challenged. Was she involved in the attempt to deceive BBC Bristol over the Defendant’s retention by Kudos?
The political differences between the Defendant and this witness, particularly over the EU, will be explored, along with the strong links between EAG and the Foreign Office. It will be suggested that there is a degree of political bias in his statements.
Was this statement cleared with the Chief Constable? If not, why not? Why was there no investigation of the Defendant’s analysis that Shimon Peres (not “Perez”) had pulled out of the Opening Ceremony on security advice from the Mossad? If the witness cannot even spell the name of Israel’s veteran Head of State how could be set himself up as an expert on Jewish religious observance? Is he Jewish? How many Jewish religious services has he attended? Has he ever visited Israel? The witness will be challenged as to his apparent rejection of the Defendant’s briefing to BTP on 10th August re 7/7, 21/7 and Jean Charles de Menezes. Why have those officers not been called, not least as the reference to their views is clearly inadmissible?
Clarification will be sought as to why the Defendant was invited and the attendees at this seminar. Has Professor Neumann been passed the name of Patricia Wilson in the Chancellor’s office in Berlin and if not, why not? Does the witness know who Patricia Wilson is?
This witness will be strongly challenged as to the circulation by TVP of smears of the Defendant and various lies in his statement, including the false claim that TVP SB officers visited him. Was this officer involved in the smear operation which helped the DVD to murder the Defendant’s friend and source Christopher Story FRSA and the cover-up of Dr Kelly’s murder? Why have SB put the Defendant under unlawful surveillance for 30 years? Who authorised the surveillance? Why does he think the Defendant’s Wikipedia entry was placed by him?
Cross-examination will be limited to identifying by name the West Midlands SB officer who attended the RUSI seminar on 7/7.
The same issue as to the SB officer arises.
Why have Leicestershire Police lied about the Defendant? Who authorised the lies? Why is the e-mail from the Cabinet Office being suppressed, along with the tapes of the briefing by the Defendant on the McCann kidnap? Why did Leicestershire Police facilitate Madeleine McCann’s continued kidnap and murder by passing on highly confidential intelligence to Lisbon after they had been warned that Lisbon were penetrated? What does this officer know of the blocking by the Cabinet Office and DIS of the planned JARIC/NSA hook-up? What steps were done to verify the contents of the Barham report? How does this witness explain the kidnap and continued hiding of the young girl from sight if the Gerard Group analysis is rejected? If Madeleine is still alive, where is she? Why was nothing done to retrieve the Montpelier CCTV footage of Madeleine? Does the witness accept that the police inquiry was not intelligence led and was largely a farce, being based upon the facile premise that a kidnap on this scale could have been organised by a lone paedophile with no intelligence agency backing?
How did the OIC manage to miss multiple Internet references to a catastrophic/nuclear attack on the London Games? What steps were in place to detect a nuclear attack on the Games and when was the ramp-up hinted at by Alistair Burt MP in November 2012 implemented? What detection devices were in place and when were they put there? Why is there no reference to the Cambridge King Air? Why were the public fobbed off with such an obviously untrue explanation as to why the King Air was overflying the Olympic site? Why did it crash? The generalised incompetence of the civilian security arrangements for the London Games, leading to the need for military intervention to assist the civil power, will be examined. Is it not true that one reason for the dramatically increased military involvement was that intelligence reports had started to circulate of a nuclear/radiological threat? Is this witness contradicting the Security Minister at the Foreign Office? If not how does he explain the discrepancy between his statement and the minister’s press briefing?
Admiral Lord West of Sptithead
Has the e-mail from him to the Defendant been shown to him? Why did he send it? Why did he not deny the analysis put to him by the Defendant at the time? Has he heard of Sir Louis le Bailly, an equally distinguished predecessor as DGI? Is he aware that Sir Louis and the Defendant knew each other and has he been shown the dedications by Sir Louis when making gifts of his two splendid little books to the Defendant? What does Lord West know of naval deployments on 20th/21st April? Does he still accept that he was right to be concerned when in government with the potential Iranian threat? Can His Lordship comment on the Kursk sinking, the article on Soviet cruise missiles served on the CPS, which he should be shown in advance, and does he accept that the Kursk was carrying 4 nuclear-tipped SS-N-19s? If not, why not, given Russian naval doctrine for attacking US CVBGs? What about the SA 15KT nukes? What are his views on the Defendant’s observations on naval matters in Spyhunter? How usual is it for British civilians to be flown by the US Navy onto a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier?
Air Marshal Sir John Walker
How did Sir John advise the Defendant in their call(s)? Does he accept that the Defendant has intelligence expertise? Has he been told about the number of intelligence contacts found when his home was raided? What does he know about RAF radiation sampling capabilities? Were the Vulcan team correct to assume that the Sentry was the right ‘bit of kit’ for the job? What does he know of the SA nukes, the Kursk nukes, the stolen SS-N-19s and the development of muon tomography? What does he know of Commodore English? Is he aware that Commodore English has confirmed the existence of the DVD and GO2? Same questions for Sir John, as a former DGI, re Sir Louis le Bailly, as for Lord West. What does Sir John know about the McCann kidnap and murder by the DVD? Questions re the Barham report, prepared at his suggestion for the JIC. Does he accept that Leicestershire Police were only allowed to lead the investigation in the expectation that they wouldn’t get anywhere, as they were known to be incompetent, to the extent that they were a laughing stock in INTELCOM? What does he know of Juliet Lima, the U-2 pilot represented by the Defendant? General questions re the analysis in Spyhunter, e.g. of the abortive coup in the UK in 1968.
What passed between him and the Defendant in their telephone calls in April 2012? What does he know of GO2? General discussion re the utility of ambulances and liveried vehicles for transporting illicit material and radiation masking. What does he know of the Olympic security ramp-up and the deployment of muon detectors? What does he know of the DVD and the Vulcan devices? Are their security concerns re the TVP Chief Constable? What is his intelligence background? What does he know of the McCann kidnap? What conversations has he had with Sir John Scarlett concerning the Defendant, Operation Vulcan and Operation Canberra (the McCann kidnap/murder investigation)? What intelligence files is he aware of which have been suppressed in this case?
The witness will be taken through Operation Vulcan from the beginning. Why was he concerned? What statements were being made on the Internet? What discussions did he have with Ben Fulford in Tokyo? Can he assist re his other sources? What can he say about a Type 23 frigate deployed off the Kent coast on 20th and 21st April 2012? What does he know of the exfiltration of the first device, code-named Vulcan One? What about Vulcan Two? What about the Kursk? What nuclear devices are out there, in his opinion? Are there any MISE concerns re the Chief Constable of TVP? What does he know of the McCann kidnap and murder and the assassination of Christopher Story? How well did he know Mr Story? What track record does Mr Jones have in the intelligence field?
What is his intelligence background, starting with the Nazi Party rally at Nuremberg 1937, continuing through World War II and thereafter? Did he interrogate former Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess? Exploration of his statements, which are accepted, re the DVD and GO2. What does he know of Vulcan One and Two? What does he know of the McCann case? Exploration of his knowledge of the DVD’s SSK fleet and movements, with particular reference to Vulcan and McCann. What can he say about the relationship between GO2 and the Cabinet Office? What does he know of the Kelly and Story assassinations?
Why the change in TVP’s investigations, both as to line and personnel? Why have the MI5 letters been suppressed? What is her true opinion of the intelligence contacts, details of which were seized in the raid on the Defendant’s home? Discussion of the failures of the investigation generally.
As per DC Havelock and DC Slater.
It is my very strongly held belief that plausible as Michael Shrimpton may seem it is my belief that many of his claims are little more than delusional and theories largely fed by his own imagination.
I feel able to make these statements as I have known Michael Shrimpton for numerous years and he was a house guest on his return from his parental home in Australia for almost a month and it was during this time that he abused my hospitality by embroiling me in his fancifull claimed bomb plot regarding the Olympics by, without my knowledge, using my home phone to make some of the calls to issue the bomb hoax/story.
I was interviewed by the police on the matter and provided a detailed statement and was unequivalently exhonerated of all blame even seeking to intercede on behalf of the Police to try to arrange an accomodation with Michael Shrimpton that would have spared the public purse the cost of prosecution of his offences – sadly Michael Shrimpton did not wish to remain silent on his claims of a bomb and admit an error of judgement but was determined to try to defend his claims in Court!
Michael Shrimpton will, being trained as a barrister, be defending himself in Court!
As I recall there is a saying about attorneys who defend themselves having a fool for a client! I fear this may prove the case for this particular barrister also.
Make of his strange claims what you will but to me they read with all the plausibility of a publication by Brian Gerrish or the bizarre claims of those involved in promoting the Hollie Greig scam or the claque of trolls abusing and obfuscating to support gross negligence and dereliction of parental duty by Kate & Gerry McCann in leaving 3 babies unattended to go out for the evening.
To be fair to Michael Shrimpton he can produce the most implausible of stories in a manner which is both humerous and to some plausible his stories are not as transparently self serving and at times dishonest as those of Nigel Farage but they do fall more into that style of entertainment than credible facts of gravitas.
The case came to Court on the due date and I am reliably informed that the case was adjourned & is now scheduled to be heard on 10-Nov-2014.
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I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come acroas a blog that’s both equally
educative and amusing, and leet me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
The problem is an issue that not enough people are speeaking intelligently
about. Now i’m very happy I found this dujring my hunt
for something relating to this.
Section 51(2) of the Criminal Law Ac 1977 makes it an offence to give false information about a bomb threat. It was this section that was used against Michael Shrimpton. But Section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000 revives the offence of misprision of a felony rightly stamped out in the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and makes it an offence not to report a bomb threat. Michael Shrimpton plainly believed there was a bomb threat (whether he should have believed it is another matter). It was, therefore, his duty to report the threat, which he did in the usual way via the MI5 reporting phone line.
I declare an interest as a long-standing friend of Michael, who gave me sound advice on the West Highland sleeper case almost 20 years ago. He has not really been well in recent years, and both the fact of the trial (which should never have taken place) and the savagery of the sentence raise for the first time in my own mind that Michael may have been right after all in what he reported to the authorities, who for some reason thought that putting him in prison for a year would keep him quiet and make his story go away. The reverse will be the case.
Be that as it may, anyone who now reports a suspected terrorist act to the authorities would be mad to do so. The nitwits who govern us did not think this through before they prosecuted, and I fear that lives may now be lost as a direct result of their stupidity in bringing this case and the hanging judge’s vicious sentence. Terrorists will have a field day in the UK now, because anyone who has heard of the Shrimpton case will not go near the police or MI5 with any suspicions. The law will need to be changed to get this idiotic judgment set aside, and fast.
as I have made clear, I believe that the trial and sentencing of Michael Shrimpton was NOT justice done and seen to be done but rather a total miscarriage of justice.
Having known Michael for many years and being all too well aware of his personna, character and obsessions and having had him as an uneasy house guest for aroumnd a month I do NOT believe Justice was the outcome of this trial.
It is my belief that Under Law Michael Shrimpton acted correctly based on his belief and that his belief was neither criminal nor mischievous but delusional.
I believe Michael Shrimpton should have received a legal caution and enforced treatment under the mental health act. As a result of what would seem to be a total miscarriage of justice which has so badly let Michael down I fear for his future both in the short and long term.
We are indeed agreed that justice has not been done. I am taking steps to rectify the situation. The Home Office is playing hard to get and says it will not tell me for six weeks where Michael Shrimpton is. This is unacceptable. I am arranging for Questions to be put down about its slovenly misconduct in this regard. In the meantime, Michael is at grave risk of harm and there will be repercussions if the Home Office’s refusal to disclose his location timeously contributes to any actual harm.
I would be more than happy to attest to all that I have said regarding Michael should that be of help to you in your quest on his behalf.
Do call on me if I can be of help.
Greg and Viscount Monckton.
I’ve read this blog after researching Michael Shrimpton’s claims about Sir Edward Heath following today’s announcement about Wiltshire Police refering itself to the IPCC in relation to an allegation involving Sir Edward dating back to he 1990s. All to convenient perhaps for Michael to be discredited, or maybe he is indeed delusional – in either case I too am now concerned about the way Michael has been treated by the powers that be. Get in touch if there’s anything I can do. Philip.Hendry@BBC.co.uk
Do phone me if I can assist in any way – my number is readily available.
I believe Wiltshire Police will be exhonorated on this issue4 as I neither believe that they set out to cover-up nor did they ever have any substantive credible evidence. There is no doubt that Edward Heath was ‘odd’ but that is not a crime (yet), this has all the makings of a witch hunt and as you will be aware many were put to ‘the test’ often with fatal consequences for no greater crime than being odd, or owning a cat or being unwed!
I have little doubt that Edward Heath had some strange sexual peccadillos but there is no evidence to show they were unlawfull nor included pederasty – there is in fact no evidence to suggest they included small boys let alone the fantasist theories that he was responsible for the murder of anyone.
Perhaps a close look at his crewing of Morning Glory would expose the truth!
I incline to agree with you, having known Michael for over 15 years and had him stay in my home for a prolongued period, when he found himself homeless on his return from Australia where his parents and siblings live.
There are many issues that Michael believes passionately yet is unable to provide convincing proof for. His beliefs arer all too often so convincing to him that he states them as fact cross referencing them with other apparent fantasies as provenance!
Michael should NOT have received a custodial sentence which served no purpose nor gain for society he should have receivedtherapy!
there’s no way you can know if the claims are true or not
TEXT DELETED – sadly the signator ‘Loser’ (below) proved his point and the veracity of his chosen name by offensive and libelous statements and a complete lack of factual input! The childish choice of email name indicates the credibility of the comment ‘Loser’ chose to make! GL-W.
having known Michael for over 15 years and he having lived in my home for a period:
Firstly: I do not believe his theories about Ted Heath have been vindicated, though they have indeed been repeated, with as little evidence as when he first promoted them!
Secondly: I do not agree that Michael does not have any psychological or sociological disorder.
It was due to his clear problems that I contended his prison sentence was a miscarriage of justice and that a responsible society should have offered help not punishment. He had acted in a manner he believed to be correct all be it inconvenient to the point of stupidity.
Michael was developing this fantasy, whilst he stayed at my home, he even managed to raise suspicions with the police that I might have shared in his fantasy!
Michael’s conversation is very limited and completely obsessed with the various fantasises he has concocted in his own mind and about himself.
I believe that the conspiracy theories he dreams up become ever more rteal to him as he developes the details and this is not a matter of criminality on his part it is nothing more than a mental illness – there is hardly any aspect of Michael’s life that is not founded on confussion be that his nationality, his allegiances, his sexuality, his political party allegiances etc. etc.
His memory for details means he is able to construct a very plausible story and drop in all the right names of people he has been in the same building as in the right places.
There is no doubt in my mind that Michael believes his own fantasies and thus there is little doubt that he had committed no crime in relating his fantasies whether the deliberate plans of the DVD to sabotage the Comet, his fantasies regarding Ted Heath (another odd little man), the ludicrouse theories he dreamed up regarding Madeleinne McCann, the Nuclear bomp plot for the Olympics and so many others – I’m sure he believes them all despite the absolute lack of admissable corroborated substantive evidence beyond the applause of the equally deranged viz. Brian Gerrish, David Icke, Alex Jones and the like.
Michael should not have been sent to prison for his foolish antics but rather he should receive the medical support and treatment he so clearly requires – prison neither punished him nor reformed him, he is as convinced as ever that his fantasies are factual, you need only spend a few moments on Google to know that! Michael, despite intelligence in other areas has failed to realise that imdividuals incapable of organising a drunken party in a brewery are even more unlikely to be able to organise the complex conspiracies he attributes to the. Men and women who would stand on eachothers neck with little encouragement to climb the greasy pole of politics would be unable to forbear from exposingh eachothers plots and ploys and if they were not included they would expose the conspiracy for their own gain – Michael has sadly missread politicians, bankers, businesses, Jews, lizards and the whole anoply of the cast in his fantasies.
Clearly he needs help not punishment, pity not praise from the equally barking mad!