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Michael Shrimpton, Air Marshal Sir John Walker, Kevin Halligen and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Michael Shrimpton, Air Marshal Sir John Walker, Kevin Halligen and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Post by Tony Bennett on 09.02.15 14:02

Michael Shrimpton, Air Marshal Sir John Walker, Kevin Halligen and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

This short article connects shamed barrister Michael Shrimpton, shamed fraudster Kevin Halligen, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann - and Air Marshal Sir John Walker.

It will suggest, once again, that what links these characters together is the British intelligence and secret services - at the very highest level.

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Michael Shrimpton is known in connection with Madeleine McCann because of his purported intelligence report, known popularly as the ‘Shrimpton Report’, which falsely claimed that Madeleine McCann had been abducted and then raped by a high-level paedophile ring in the European Commission, then spirited secretly over the Argentina-Chile border, and finally murdered in December 2008.

There are dozens of reasons why we just know that this story is untrue, but let me just mention the most recent: earlier this month Michael Shrimpton was sentenced to one year in jail for the most ridiculous nuclear bomb hoax – claiming that a Russian submarine had brought a nuclear weapon to a hospital in the London Borough of Newham which was going to be exploded during the London Olympics.

We now also know that Shrimpton had child sexual abuse images on his home computer, was found guilty of that offence in 2012, and since then has been on the Sex Offenders Register.     

So where does Air Marshal Sir John Walker come in to the picture?  

Michael Shrimpton brought the name of Air Marshal Sir John Walker into his defence.

Below is an extract from Shrimpton’s official defence document, which is published on the blog of Greg Lance-Watkins, the Chepstow secondhand book dealer.

As a matter of general interest, Lance-Watkins:

* was once a close ally of UKIP leader Nigel Farage, but then fell out with him in a big way

* was also a close friend of Michael Shrimpton, attending parties at hius Buckinghamshire home

* is a noted Eurosceptic

* once supported the claims of Anne Greig, mother of Hollie Greig, who claimed her daughter had been the victim of a 14-year-long series of rapes by a 31-strong elite Scottish paedophile ring. He now campaigns against Anne Greig and her advocate, the deluded Robert Green      
* is a longstanding and good friend of former member here, tigger.  


Here is the relevant extract from Shrimpton’s defence:

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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.

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So here we’ve established two things: (1) Shrimpton knew Air Marshal Sir John Walker well, and (2) both men were very much involved in the general field of ‘intelligence’.

But there is another connection between Air Marshal Sir John Walker and Shrimpton. According to an article published some time ago by ‘Blackwatch’, Shrimpton was in discussion with the very same Air Marshall Sir John Walker before he published his ‘Shrimpton Report’ on Madeleine, and appears to have in some way encouraged, sanctioned or approved of Shrimpton publishing his nonsense.

Now we move to a third matter – Air Marshall Sir John Walker’s connection with Kevin Halligen.

Halligen’s connection to the Madeleine McCann case is well-known to members of CMOMM, but for the benefit of new guests reading here, here are the salient facts:

* Halligen founded Oakley International two months after Madeleine McCann disappeared. Halligen had worked closely with the Ministry of Defence in the ‘intelligence’ field  

* It was basically a one-man band

* The McCann Team hired him on a six-month contract in April 2008 and paid him £500,000 plus expenses, allegedly to look for Madeleine McCann

* His appointment was concealed until August 2008, when an almighty row broke out amongst the Directors of the ‘Find Madeleine’ Fund –and he was sacked

* He hired two people to work alongside him: (1) Henri Exton, former Head of Covert Intelligence for MI5, who was sacked from MI5 after being convicted of shoplifting and (2) Tim Craig-Harvey, another man with a history of working for the British intelligence community

* An article by Mark Hollingsworh in the Evening Standard in August 2009 exposed Halligen as a serial fraudster and con-man who did no effective work on the McCann case but instead spent his time drinking in the Hey-Jo Bar in London or living the high life with his girlfriend Shirin Trachiotis in Britain, the U.S. and Italy

* He went on the run and was eventually arrested by the police in October 2009 while staying at a £700-a-night Oxfordshire hotel

* He spent the next 4½ years in prison, finally admitting a $1.2 million fraud charge in the U.S.

 
The connection between Air Marshal Sir John Walker and Halligen was revealed in this article:


http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/city-spy-oh-no-spymaster-falls-for-conman-6401746.html      (Published: 16 May 2011)

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What is it about Air Marshall Sir John Walker, ex-spymaster at the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS) and one of the City's great and the good, and con artists?

Last month, Sir John admitted to being duped by convicted fraudster, "trillion dollar conman" Russell King, who is so evasive he is known as Lord Voldemort (the Harry Potter character who cannot be named). First London investment bank sent its adviser Walker to check out King, and apparently found nothing awry in his schemes promising billions in Bahraini investment for the bank, a minerals bonanza in North Korea, and the takeover of Notts County Football Club (with Sven-Goran Eriksson at the helm). The Serious Fraud Office is now investigating this house of cards. Of King, Sir John now admits: "He was good at chat... he was a conman."

This wasn't the first time Walker had been led astray. In 2003, when he was on the board of private security company Inkerman, Sir John was "pleased to announce" the appointment of Kevin Halligen as CEO of an Inkerman subsidiary (according to Inkerman's old press release). It was Halligen's big break into the world of corporate spookery and the release spoke of Halligen's role on MoD "special projects" (though his expertise was really in, erm, batteries). But doubts about him soon arose.

After he left Inkerman, Halligen - by then parading as a full-blown ex-spy - bagged the half-a-million-pound contract to find Madeleine McCann (but allegedly spent most of his time in bars and strip clubs and buying mansions). Now he sits at Her Majesty's leisure pending extradition to the US on £1.2 million fraud and money-laundering charges for a contract in which he promised to free two captive Trafigura staff in Ivory Coast (the appeal judgment is expected soon).

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Blackwatch denounced the Shrimpton Report as baseless early on.

One passage of the ‘Shrimpton Report said:

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“Tactical surprise could not be achieved. It would need to be a Special Forces led commando raid with air support (the British people would expect nothing less if told the Belgians had refused to help). Our forces would most likely have to fight their way out, protecting Madeleine to their utmost, runways would have to be disabled with JP233s and Coningsby’s new Typhoon F1s would be needed for a CAP”.

It was obvious balderdash. But Blackwatch also noted:

“As was pointed out to me by a friend who has a great knowledge and understanding of munitions, he immediately said that the deployment of JP233s would never be tolerated on the European mainland. In fact once you look up for yourselves what these are designed to do then you would have to agree that any country dropping these sorts of bombs over Belgian runways and populated areas would be considered an act of war. Why Shrimpton believes that to ensure a safe passage for Madeleine’s rescuers would involve grounding all nearby aircraft by bombing the runways is not explained. It is simply farfetched and there exist far better ways of giving close unit support that doesn’t involve levelling half a country in the process”.

A useful Blackwatch article on related topics was posted by the forum-owner here back in March 2010:

http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t689-a-formula-for-disappearing-the-worlds-of-bell-pottinger-formula-one-and-editorial-intelligence-collide


It is not relevant to this article - but it is topical to revive these observations:

“George Tenet was another prominent and influential member of the UK's Special Forces Club in Knightsbridge which Kevin Halligen and John Holmes enjoyed too. Holmes was very much a part of the Litvinenko/Berezovsky circle and Halligen was regularly seen tippling at the Hey Jo Club. Both the Hey Jo Club and Holmes' Grosvenor Street offices tested positive for polonium - and contributed to police knowledge of Litvinenko's final movements. The Abracadabra Club on the same premises is a Russian eestaurant - owned by the same guy. Halligen lived a few doors away and set up several companies with Holmes shortly after they left Inkerman (named after the famous Crimean battle in which Britain fought Imperial Russia)”.

Whether Halligen had any connection at all with what happened to the murdered Russian spy turned MI6 informer is not known.

But it reinforces the central thesis of my article, namely that the British intelligence services - from Air Marshal Sir John Walker to Kevin Halligen and his mates Henri Exton and Tim Craig-Harvey to Michael Shrimpton - seem to surround what really happened to Madeleine McCann with a protective, solid wall of silence.

And let’s not forget that Henri Exton - Kevin Halligen’s sidekick - the former Head of Covert Intelligence for MI5, supplied former Head of Operation Grange, with the e-fits of two men which have placed the controversial ‘Smithman’ sighting as the very ‘centre’ of Operation Grange’s focus:



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Re: Michael Shrimpton, Air Marshal Sir John Walker, Kevin Halligen and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Post by Tony Bennett on 10.02.15 14:08

To add to yesterday's report, here is another quote from the mad 'Shrimpton Report' on Madeleine McCann:

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Extract from Shrimpton's bonkers 'Madeleine Report'

"It is right that after intelligence on Madeleine McCann's then whereabouts was received in England, [the] Gerard Group were asked, informally, to prepare an Intelligence Assessment. This request was made by a retired, senior, intelligence officer who had formerly sat on the Joint Intelligence Committee".

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Shrimpton, cannily, doesn't name him, but Air Marshal Sir John Walker is by far the most likely candidate to fit that description - he was the former Intelligence Officer (Defence) who sat on the Joint Intelligence Committee (Deputy Chairman), and retired in the mid 1990s.

We've been talking on the forum today about a couple of people - Stephen D Birch and Rosalinda Hutton - who have simply used the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to draw attention to themselves, out of self-interest. Shrimpton was another - and is now in jail. 


ETA: The Shrimpton Report (long - and sheer fantasy) can be read at this link:

http://www.stephenfuller.szm.com/madeleine.htm

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