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Some Press around Savile-BBC-WPR Complex before and until 2011

Year 2011

02 Nov. 2011New York Times, Jimmy Savile, TV Personality, Dies at 84: “Jimmy Savile, an acclaimed English television host whose dress, hair and verbal flummery made all other comers in a nation renowned for eccentrics look like Puritans, was found dead last week at his home in Leeds, in the north of England. He was 84….The West Yorkshire Police told The Associated Press that they had been called to Mr. Savile’s home that day and found him dead from what appeared to be natural causes….Mr. Savile was the longest-serving host of “Top of the Pops,” broadcast on the BBC from 1964 to 2006 and featuring the chart-topping singles of the week. He was seen regularly from its debut until 1984…To Britons, though, Mr. Savile was ultimately better known for “Jim’ll Fix It,” a BBC television show broadcast from 1975 to 1994. On the show he granted supplicants (usually children) their dearest wish: to tame lions, to fly the Concorde, etc. This despite the fact that by his own account, he did not care for children. “I couldn’t eat a whole one… . I hate them,” he once said in a widely quoted interview. Mr. Savile came from a threadbare background but seemed to have transcended his roots….Mr. Savile was also widely known for charity work, and was reported to have raised more than £30 million (about $48 million) for hospitals and other causes. This, apparently, gave Queen Elizabeth II plausible deniability for knighting him in 1990. He also belonged to Mensa and the Knights of Malta…He lived with his mother, Agnes, from his father’s death in the early 1950s to hers in 1972; for years they occupied his suede-walled flat in Scarborough. After she died he kept her body tenderly in the flat for five days and maintained her bedroom with curatorial rectitude ever after. …Mr. Savile never married, though in talking of women he often described himself as a Lothario who could never be trapped into staying all night. “Good heavens,” he said in a 2000 BBC television profile, “anything more than two hours — brain damage!”…”

19 May 2011Truth for Madeleine, New Clowns, Same Old Circus: “…A few days after the media juggernaut started rolling, former Flying Squad commander, John O’Connor appeared—initially it would seem as a supporter of the Portuguese Police—on Sky TV. His words offered some great encouragement to the police in Portugal when we saw him on May 12, 2007. O’Connor began “First of all I would like to pay tribute to the Portuguese police. I think they’re doing a good job…..However, months later when the McCanns became suspects, John O’Connor changed his tune when giving an interview to the CBS Early Show in Los Angeles in mid-September 2007. “You don’t have a body, you don’t have a cause of death, you don’t have any witnesses, you don’t have a confession, you don’t have a murder weapon and you don’t have a motive. I think all they’ve got is some arguable forensic evidence…”….Considering that Mr. O’Connor did not know any more about the case than the public, he suddenly seemed to be able to deduce many facts from nothing more than rumour…“.

Year 2010

09 Dec. 2010Wikileaks/McCannFiles WikiLeaks US embassy cable: “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 parents…..”

Year 2009

20 Feb. 2009DuarteLevyen: Maddie is a national security case.”In England, Leicestershire police, replying to a request from a British journalist, under legislation that regulates free access to information, refused to explain whether or not the recourse to phone tapping and the interception of electronic mail within the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case was covered by a warrant. According to journalist Jon Clements, the police, after delaying its reply for several months alleging the need to consult other “agencies”, replied that it had no obligation whatsoever to explain under which terms any surveillance means were used in the Maddie case, due to reasons of “national security”. Leicestershire police, which is considered to be England’s 5th best municipal police, further explained to the journalist that it was equally dispensed from replying to him, because the requested explanation could be related to other “security entities”, which, according to the legislation that regulates free access to information, equals several secret service bodies, such as MI5, MI6, GCHG, SOCA or the Special Forces.“

13 Feb. 2009The Mirror, blogs original paper of Leicestershire Constabulary, Ref. No.1092/09: ”…the duty in s1(1)a of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following excemptions: Sect. 23(5) Information relating to the Security bodies, Sect. 24(2) National Security, Sect. 30(3) Investigations, Sect. 31(3) Law enforcement.“

Year 2008

02 Oct. 2008Mirror: Butler ran paedophile ring while serving at Buckingham Palace: “Former Buckingham Palace butler Paul Kidd was yesterday unmasked as a sex brute suspected of running a paedophile ring while serving the Royal Family….”

09 May 2008DailyMail: Jim the fixer: Is Jimmy Savile just a fantasist … or is the truth even stranger than fiction?: ”…“The hospital and Chequers are four miles apart and we are their neighbours,” he said. “We have a suite of rooms to take VIPs from Chequers. When Tony Blair had his heart trouble, this is where he came.” That much is true: it is a matter of record that Blair was admitted initially to Stoke Mandeville after suffering chest pains while staying in the Buckinghamshire retreat…And Savile does, indeed, have a suite at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Having raised millions of pounds to build the spinal injuries unit, he has the rare honour of rooms on the site. A source at the hospital said that he spends many weeks of the year living at the hospital….But were he and Blair truly friends? He seems to have been invited to dinner only once by Tony Blair, on October 23, 1999. When official lists of those entertained to dinner were released under the Freedom of Information Act, it emerged that Savile had dinner with Dame Judi Dench and Admiral Sir Michael Boyce (Chief of the Defence Staff), which is quite a combination….Bernard Ingham, Thatcher's press secretary, had much the same story to tell. “I know that they sometimes met, but I have no idea about 11 consecutive Christmases. I know that she was friends with him, yes, so I don't think he's completely barmy.”…Certainly, Dickie Arbiter, who was Prince Charles's press adviser when Savile was around, paints a picture of an unembarrassable man, fascinated by the rich and powerful…. In fact, Arbiter describes Savile as a “nosey bugger”, although he confirms that Savile was involved in the lives of the Royal Family as both Prince Andrew's and Prince Charles's marriages disintegrated. There are several undeniable connections between Savile and royalty. His role was mentioned by Diana, Princess of Wales, in the “Squidgygate” taped conversation she had with James Gilbey on New Year's Eve, 1989. She was recorded saying: “Jimmy Savile rang me up yesterday, and he said: 'I'm just ringing up, my girl, to tell you that His Nibs [Charles] has asked me to come and help out the redhead [Ferguson]'.” Diana also describes Savile as a “sort of mentor” to Charles. … Andrew Morton, Diana's biographer, said Savile's opinions had carried weight in both camps during the war of the Waleses because “he articulates opinions that courtiers can only think”. Certainly, Savile was among those invited to Princess Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997, and since the guest list for that event was drawn from Diana's Christmas Card list, they must have been friends - whether she ever heeded his counsel. It's a fascinating, unlikely association, and seems to have come about after Savile met Prince Charles through charity work, and basically charmed his way into the Prince's favour. Dickie Arbiter said: “Yes, he was on the scene from around 1985 or 1986 until the end of the Eighties. He was a friend of Charles and he latched onto them both as only Jimmy knows how to do. He would roll up in one of his inimitable tracksuits, sometimes arriving by bicycle at St James's Palace, and he would stroll in as if he owned the place - which he probably did in a previous life. What he has said is a bit of an exaggeration. It is not right to say that he was an adviser. He was a bit of a nosey bugger, really. But he had the gift of the gab, people would talk to him and he would offer his opinion it was not that he was asked for advice. He would drop in from time to time. He was not a daily visitor or a frequent visitor. He was an infrequent visitor, although when he did come he was larger than life, as he always is. He would always make a joke. He was a kind of court jester, in the nicest possible way.” … Yet Savile says he still advises Prince Charles on charity issues and calls him the “nicest man you'll ever meet”. And a spokesman for Clarence House confirmed: “They do keep in touch, but I can't help you further than that.” His claim to have addressed the Israeli cabinet in 1975 at the invitation of President Ephraim Katzir also seems to be true - and to be the result of a similar amount of chutzpah on Sir Jimmy's part…. Roger Ordish, Savile's BBC producer and co-creator of Jim'll Fix It, said: “I know he met the President when we were in Israel in 1975. And he did the same thing at Chequers with the Blairs as he did with the Thatchers. Jimmy has this strange authority without being a person in authority. He is definitely unique.” What is clear, then, is that far more of Savile's story is true than you might think. … But who can begrudge this most eccentric Briton some mythmaking? He has risen from a poverty-stricken background as the youngest child in a family of seven in Leeds to become a man of considerable wealth. He has five homes, none of them with a cooker, as he says he does not wish to share his life with a wife. Nor does he regret being childless - he says that he lacks the paternal instinct. And, while in interviews he is always at pains to stress that he has had many one-night stands, no one seems to have ever found a woman willing to admit to sleeping with him. Tim Blackmore, who worked with him on Radio 1, offers the theory that he is simply not interested in sex. “I went away with him all over the place, we would stay in hotels and so on, and not once did he ever express any kind of sexual interest in another person,” he said. For all this, he is a man who has spent much of his life and energy on helping others. To date, he has raised some £40 million for charity. He paid for the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville and still bankrolls the hospital to the tune of £250,000 a year. Some may find him creepy - his personal life is an eternal mystery - but the good works he has done are indisputable. Tim Blackmore added: …“Also, he has an incredible ability to connect with groups of people, he is a wonderful motivator….”…“

21 Feb. 2008DailyMail: Ex-MI6 chief admits agents do have a licence to kill but denies executing Diana : “The most senior member of the security services ever to give evidence to a public hearing admitted yesterday he did have a 'licence to kill'. Sir Richard Billing Dearlove, known as “C” when he headed MI6, told the Diana inquest the Secret Intelligence Service had the power to use “lethal force” - but he had never exercised it in his 38-year career as a spook….The 63-year-old father of three, who was MI6's director of operations when Diana and Dodi died in Paris in August 1997, admitted the culture of SIS is to “never confirm or to deny. In the interests of national security the better choice is to say nothing,” he said….Twirling a pen, he admitted that, under the Intelligence Services Act, agents were allowed to conduct illegal activities - such as breaking and entering and planting bugs - in the interests of national security. To do so, he revealed, they had to seek the written permission of the Foreign Secretary for a “Class Seven authorisation”. Sir Richard confirmed that this included using “lethal force” but insisted - to the clear disbelief of some in the public gallery - that this had never happened during his career in the service and “played no part in the policy of Her Majesty's government”….”

Year 2007

07 Dec. 2007Telegraph, Gerry McCann nominated for “Scot of the Year”

03 Dec. 2007DailyMail: British diplomat warned Foreign Office of concerns over McCanns: “The Foreign Office was alerted to fears over Gerry and Kate McCann by a British diplomat in Portugal just days after their daughter Madeleine went missing. The diplomat was sent to the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in the days following the four-year-old's disappearance and soon became concerned over “inconsistencies” in the testimonies by her parents and their friends. After visiting the McCanns, the unnamed diplomat sent a report to the Foreign Office in London, admitting his worries about “confused declarations” of the McCanns' movements on the night of May 3. He also noted the couple's “lack of co-operation” with the Portuguese police. The diplomat's concerns were made over four months before Gerry and Kate were named arguidos (suspects) on September 7. Contents of the letter were leaked to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure over the weekend. The diplomat expressed his fears after receiving instruction from the Foreign Office to provide “all possible assistance to the McCann couple”. The French-language paper printed excerpts of the letter, quoting the diplomat as saying: “With the greatest respect, I would like to make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship with the Portuguese authorities, if you consider the possible involvement of the couple. Please confirm to me, in the light of these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in the case as was requested in your previous ­message.” Although the Government was quick to assist the McCanns in the days following Madeleine's disappearance, direct contact with the couple ceased when they were named as suspects. La Dernière Heure pointed out that a majority of the diplomats originally involved in the case have now been taken off it. The then-Prime Minister Tony Blair sent special envoy Sheree Dodd to act as a “media liaison officer” for the pair soon after Madeleine vanished. Ms Dodd has since resigned from the Foreign Office, while the British consul in the Algarve, Bill Henderson, has retired. John Buck, the British ambassador in Portugal, no longer works in the country.”

20 Oct. 2007DailyMail, Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles - the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case: ”…Instead, arriving at Casa Pia (House of the Pious), a 17th century Lisbon orphanage where more than 4,000 children are cared for each year behind high stone walls, the doctor would summon selected boys and girls from their beds for examinations one night each week….“

18 Oct. 2007DailyMail, 'I was deceived' says the Portuguese priest who comforted Gerry and Kate McCann: ”…In the days after Madeleine vanished on May 3, the McCanns, both 39 and devout Catholics, frequently sought refuge at the priest's church. They became so close to Father Pacheco, he gave them the keys to the tiny building so they could go in to pray whenever they liked. However, his friendship with the couple appeared to spectacularly backfire after police became convinced Kate had told him she had killed her daughter during confession. But he has vowed to take whatever she had said to the grave, despite being quizzed by detectives. Father Pacheco appeared to virtually vanish from the public eye in the weeks after Gerry and Kate were made arguidos - or official suspects. The pair left Portugal without saying goodbye and handed the church keys to another clergyman….“

14 Sep. 2007Telegraph, Madeleine McCann 'died from overdose':”…Battut - an experienced journalist who has worked on a number of major inquiries - claims police believe that evidence found in the McCanns' hire car will “prove that the little girl had ingested medicines, without doubt sleeping pills, in large quantities”….“

12 Sep. 2007National Archives, PM and Jacqui Smith visit Beaumont Leys Police Station: ”Gordon Brown visited a police station in Leicester to see first hand how the police are tackling crime. Accompanied by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the PM travelled to the Beaumont Leys police station in the north west of the city. During a tour of the station Mr Brown discussed neighbourhood policing and engagement with local residents and police officers.“

14 May 2007Channel 4, Gordon Brown: Fit For Office?: “Some very senior figures on Gordon Brown's own side are certain he is unfit for office: one has called him “control freak” and another “psychologically flawed” and one serving cabinet minister has said he'd be a “fucking disaster” as Prime Minister….”

04 May 2007 - Midnight 00:01Telegraph, Three year old feared abducted in Portugal

Year 2003

26 Jan. 2003Spotlight on Sunday Times: City bosses named on child porn list

Year 2001

30 Jan. 2001The Guardian, The Big Breach: The government has failed to prevent the publication of extracts of ex-MI6 spy →Richard Tomlinson's book, The Big Breach. In the forword of Richard Tomlinsons book →"The Big Breach", Nick Fielding from the Sunday Times writes in February 2001: ”…Significantly, this book reveals that MI6 regularly sends its officers into the field under journalistic cover, a practice which is banned in many countries, including the United States. The unhealthy relationship between MI6 and journalists is only one of many issues raised by The Big Breach…“.

Year 2000

20 Feb. 2000The Guardian, Paedophile gang terrified as fellow abuser is killed: ”…All four are known to have associated with Bill Malcolm, who was shot through the head with a single bullet when he answered the door at his home in Forest Gate, east London, last Thursday night. The killing bore the hallmarks of a professional hit and two white males were seen running away. Malcolm, 46, died on the way to hospital….Bailey was found dead in his cell in Whitemoor prison in 1993. At first he was thought to have taken his own life, but a post-mortem examination showed he had been strangled. Two prisoners, Michael Cain and John Brookes, were convicted of his murder. They are believed to have acted in a bid to avenge Bailey's victims….“

19 Feb. 2000BBC, Witness plea after paedophile killing: ”…Police hunting gunmen who shot a convicted paedophile in east London have urged witnesses to disregard his criminal past and come forward. Bill Malcolm, 44, jailed for sex attacks on children, was gunned down at his flat in Forest Gate at about 2130 GMT on Wednesday night. But many in the local community have expressed relief at his murder, and police are wary that some witnesses may not contact police because of sympathy for the killers….But Detective Chief Inspector David Shipperlee, who is heading the investigation, said: “This man's background is almost immaterial. A man has been killed here. We need to find the people responsible for that.” He appealed for witnesses who may have seen two men, aged in their 30s, 5ft 10ins in height and dressed in dark clothing, running or walking away from the scene, to come forward. He said Mr Malcolm was believed to have died from a single gunshot to the head but it was too early to speculate whether a contract killer - linked to his criminal past - was responsible….“

Years up to 1999

spotlight of abuse; Pr. Charles and Lord Mountbatten For a nice summary see →Bits of Books Blog for the years from 1960 - 1999.

14 May 1999cryptome.org, The `MI6 factor' in the murder of Princess Diana, (src.: Executive Intelligence Review (EIR)) “Recently, EIR was one of several news organizations that received an unsolicited e-mail transmission, identifying senior officials of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, including individuals who are accused of having been involved in the Aug. 31, 1997 deaths of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed, and Henri Paul. The three were killed in a car crash in Paris, that, to this day, remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century….Indeed, three MI6 officials, identified as having been intimately involved in the events leading up to the fatal crash, and the ensuing cover-up, have been previously identified by EIR as suspected culprits, acting on behalf of the House of Windsor, under the personal orders of Prince Philip. In late 1997, EIR published exclusive photographs showing that a team of at least seven men were surveilling the Ritz Hotel on the evening of Aug. 30, 1997–during the final hours before the crash in the Place d'Alma tunnel….”

03 Dec. 1994Times, William Malcolm: Freed paedophile `still a threat to children’

23 June 1984The Globe and Mail (Canada), Rumors in Westminister of child-sex scandal prompt PM to step in: By Vera Frankl, LONDON – “Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has stepped in to quell widespread rumors that her Government is in the grip of another major sex scandal only months after her most trusted lieutenant, Trade and Industry Secretary Cecil Parkinson, was obliged to resign when his mistress announced that she was going to have his child. Rumors circulating in Westminster involve much more serious allegations. They suggest that a senior Cabinet minister is a child-sex offender. If they are substantiated, the minister will have to do more than step down. He – and the Government – will be faced with the prospect of a full-scale trial. Members of Parliament and Whitehall officials have known of the gossip for several months. National newspapers have been feverishly investigating it. But the first the public heard of it was a report carried this week in that pillar of the Establishment, The Times. The story was brief, contained a Government denial and was careful to name no names. Mrs. Thatcher, who has been aware of the alleged scandal for some time, is said to be satisfied that it is quite untrue. Her Downing Street office has so far restricted itself to a single terse statement on the subject: “We are not in the business of commenting on rumor.” Top Whitehall sources have been more forthcoming. They have condemned the rumors as “assassination by gossip” and said the Prime Minister would not tolerate a highly respected member of her Government being subjected to trial by the press. MPs have been warned against trying to name the minister under cover of parliamentary privilege. Newspaper editors have been told that publishing the minister’s name without cast-iron proof would land them with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, a leading anti-child-sex campaigner, who three years ago named the former high commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman, as having links with pedophile groups, has admitted he is under pressure to name the minister in the House of Commons. But he does not intend to do so: “This man’s political future may be at stake. I also have to guard against the possibility that a dirty tricks department may be at work.” But Fleet Street journalists investigating the story believe there is more to it than that. As one of them remarked yesterday: “If we were just talking about a one-off incident – if all the newspapers had the same story – it would look like a setup. But there appear to be so many different instances that the rumors can no longer be dismissed out of hand.” The British public may not have to wait much longer to discover whether the scandal is fact or fiction. One national newspaper is said to have got its hands on an incriminating dossier and there is speculation it is preparing to name the minister in the next few days.”

25th August 1983The Globe and Mail (Canada), Public figures named in files on sex offenders in Britain: LONDON (Reuter) – “Several public figures have been named in a Scotland Yard dossier on child sex offences, a member of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party said yesterday. Geoffrey Dickens, a campaigner against child pornography, said in a radio interview that he had compiled a list of names and planned to disclose them in Parliament. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed it was studying a report on a police inquiry into a group called Pedophile Information Exchange. The group’s organizer, Tom O’Carroll, was jailed for two years in 1981 on charges of conspiring to corrupt public morals. Home Secretary Leon Brittan has ordered a copy of the report by tomorrow, his officials said. Mr. Dickens said the Scotland Yard report, like his own dossier, contain the names of a number of top people in public life and show business. The allegations come amid continuing national outrage over an organized abduction and sexual assault on a 6-year-old boy by three men in southern England 10 days ago.

22nd March 1981Sunday People, ‘A number of top public figures’ were protected from prosecution for child abuse images