Monday, August 29, 2011

#Hackgate :Who was listening to Kate and Gerry McCann and why does Madeleine come under 'National Security' ?

Well, we know it was not the News of the World ,Clarence Mitchell has informed us ODDLY enough the McCanns have NOT been hacked even though they had Vodafone....and can someone explain why Madeleine McCann comes under the heading of National Security...?

I have an intense mistrust of Leicester police for the simple reason they held back an alleged paedophile incident  (witness statement) from the Portuguese investigation between Gerry McCann and Dr.David Payne for several months.....NOW, one may ask why would a British police force hold back such vital information when a three year old has been reported missing WITHOUT a shred of evidence of an abduction ?

By Jon Clements on Feb 18, 09 02:55 PM in McCann
A few days ago I received an interesting letter from Leicestershire police about the Madeleine McCann investigation.

I had asked them, in July, if they had got any warrants (under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) to use surveillance powers - such as phone tapping and email interception on behalf of the Portuguese police.

The force initially stalled saying it needed to "consult other Agencies" before replying.
After a six month delay, Leicestershire has now claimed it is exempt from Freedom of Information laws in this case due to "national security".

I've put in dozens of FoI requests to police forces over the years, some you get and some you don't but "national security" is a new one on me.

To make matters even murkier, Leicestershire claimed a second exemption because the information I requested could relate to "the Security bodies".

A quick look at the FoI Act reveals "Security bodies" are MI5, MI6, GCHQ (pictured above), special forces (such as the SAS) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.


Despite claiming these exemptions, Leicestershire seem at pains to neither confirm nor deny they hold any information relevant to my request anyway.
Check out (slowly I suggest) the tortuous conclusion to the three page letter explaining their stance.

"It is our decision that the Leicestershire Constabulary must maintain a position of neither confirming nor denying that any relevant information is held and that this response, which neither confirms nor denies that information is held, should not be taken as conclusive evidence that the information you have requested exists or does not exist".

Thanks, but I think that is a rather long-winded way of saying Foxtrot Oscar.
However, it does beg the question just who was bugging the McCanns after they returned from Praia da Luz?

And what has the answer got to do with national security