Tucked away at the bottom of the BBC Online’s news page, the above headline could easily be missed. But maybe that was the intention, because it represents a significant new development in Al-Fayed’s battle to prove that the car crash that killed his son and Princess Diana was not a simple accident.
In brief Al-Fayed has won the first round of a legal contest to have a public inquiry into the car crash that killed his son, Dodi, and Diana. He has always maintained that the British Intelligence services were behind the 1997 crash and there is considerable evidence to back this up: although the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media have gone out of their way to ignore it.
Indeed this particular BBC report on Al-Fayed’s legal victory was yet another example of subtle disinformation, dressed up as journalism. In the process Al-Fayed’s contention is reduced to little more than hearsay: as when the BBC reports that Al-Fayed had “been informed that there were no recordings from about 10 video cameras on the route taken by the Mercedes.”
In point of fact the traffic surveillance cameras around the crash site were all switched off the night of the fatal crash.
However the real journalistic sleight of hand comes near the end of the report. Near the bottom of the page, and buried beneath reams of legalistic long-windedness guaranteed to deter all but the most determined, comes the following:
“A former member of MI6 had given a sworn statement to a French investigating magistrate, describing a technique devised by British secret services of blinding the driver of a car in a tunnel by setting off a bright stroboscopic flash.2”
That’s it. No mention of whom the “former member of MI6” actually was and no mention of who the French magistrate was or anything else that the anonymous “former member” had actually said in his sworn testimony.
“The former member of MI6” was in fact Richard Tomlinson and he said a lot more in his sworn testimony to Judge Le Herve. Describing in detail how senior British Intelligence officers had arrived in Paris shortly before the night of the fatal crash. How the head of security at the Ritz Hotel and the driver on that fateful night was Henri Paul, who Tomlinson believed was in fact an MI6 informer. And how the crash itself bore a remarkable resemblance to a plan he had seen, but which had never been carried out, to assassinate Slobodan Milosevic in a car crash, in a tunnel.
Tomlinson says a lot more in his sworn affidavit, which can be seen below, but don’t expect the BBC to tell you about it.