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Post by sharonl on 10.09.14 7:23

Stephen Ward wasn't murdered. I was there
Sunday 8 December 2013

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/stephen-ward-wasnt-murdered-i-was-there-8990737.html

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Journalism is further discredited by half-baked claims that the osteopath at the centre of the Profumo affair, was killed


Whether Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical which opens next week about the life and death of Stephen Ward succeeds or fails it is a generous gesture for the impresario to use this device as the platform to campaign for a judicial review of the conviction half a century ago of the society osteopath. It was an event which led directly to his suicide. He was at the centre of the Profumo sex and spies scandal which rocked Britain in 1963 when the War minister had an affair with the showgirl Christine Keeler who claimed to be sleeping with a London-based Russian intelligence officer Eugene Ivanov at the same time.



Ward killed himself having been targeted by a vindictive state seeking a scapegoat for Profumo's behaviour; was prosecuted for crimes that it is now generally accepted he did not commit, facing evidence from witnesses who were coerced by police into lying; and pilloried by a hysterical tabloid press.

Fearing contamination, most of his many "friends" deserted him, and British intelligence agencies who had been happy to use him failed to speak up for him in court. Ward was a broken man when he took an overdose of sleeping tablets while staying with one last friend in a flat in Chelsea. I know. I was with him that night.

The anniversary has been celebrated by conspiracy theorists crawling, blinking into the light to announce to stunned newspaper readers the sensational revelation that Stephen Ward "may" have been murdered by MI5. A former colleague of mine from 40 years ago, the author Anthony Summers, a man with some form when it comes to conspiracy theories, has now determined that: "One can see why it may, repeat may, have been necessary to remove Ward from the scene … this was apparently a man with dangerous knowledge … he had inside information of MI5 efforts to manipulate Ivanov and the seamy activities of Establishment figures."

Summers has lent his reputation to a conspiracy theory – please don't giggle – which has an MI5 contract killer hiding in the Chelsea flat all night, then waking the drowsy Ward every few hours and inciting him to take ever increasing overdoses of the sleeping tablets which eventually killed him. The alleged killer is now conveniently dead but allegedly told a gabby friend on his deathbed…

Summers's interviews on this well publicised theory, published by two reputable national newspapers last week, brim with weasel words. "The story ends with a question mark," says Summers darkly. No it doesn't.

It is junk journalism at its very worst, complete piffle, a disgrace to our trade. Believe it if you believe Lord Lucan and Elvis are living under pseudonyms in a mud hut in Uganda. We are in so many ways the first and often the last draft of history; newspaper records and their on-line spill-over really do matter. Lies and rotten journalism go viral in seconds. We really do have a clear compact with our readers, listeners and viewers to get it right.

We are in enough trouble with Leveson and hacking and the shame of neurotic celebrity worship, without allowing so-called investigative journalism reaching "maybe" and "could have" conclusions without a shred of primary source evidence. And even less so when the "revelation" is tied in with a re-hashed book release.

What baffles me is that Summers did not bother to make the two simple "check your facts" phone calls, one to me and one to the other man in the flat that night, the tenant Noel Howard-Jones. They would have brought his loony-tunes theory crashing to the ground. Summers also seems to have forgotten that MI5 and MI6 don't do assassinations. Period. State-sanctioned killings, invariably against major terrorist organisations or well-armed enemies of the state, are done by others. So let me try to set the record straight with some facts.

What did happen on the night of Tuesday 30 July 1963 at Vale Court, 20 Mallord Street, Chelsea? Stephen was overnighting there with his friend Noel Howard-Jones. That evening Stephen called me in the Daily Express newsroom and asked me to come over to Mallord Street. I arrived there about 8.30pm. He was writing what I now know were his suicide notes. A friend Julie Gulliver was in the kitchen cooking dinner. Howard-Jones was out. I stayed with Stephen for several hours during which he gave me the note addressed to me, which regrettably I didn't read till later.

At about 11.35pm, I left him, and he left the flat to drive Julie back to her flat in Bayswater. Howard-Jones returned a few minutes later, and was there to let Ward in on his return at about midnight before going to bed. Ward then continued writing notes including one to Howard-Jones saying "delay resuscitation as long as possible".

There was no MI5 assassin hiding in the flat when Stephen, Julie and I were there; and there was no assassin when Howard-Jones returned. So we can account for the entire evening from 8.45pm to the moment Howard-Jones found Ward unconscious on the living-room divan in the morning. We know, for certain that no MI5 murderer was hiding in the tiny flat. Even the alleged "instrument of murder" – the Nembutal sleeping tablets, were Stephen's own.

Does all this matter – half a century later? Very much so. In a democracy, a free press must be trusted. Once we break down the firewalls between truth and conspiracy theory, once we enter the wilderness of unreality, paranoid fantasy will become our guide. Yes, this stuff sells more papers than the grey truth. But that makes it no less a form of editorial pornography. Don't believe all you read in the press? Sadly true.

Tom Mangold, former senior correspondent for BBC TV's 'Panorama', covered the Profumo Affair for the Daily Express in 1963

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Post by unchained melody on 10.09.14 8:13

A shill attacking a shill.
Always thought BBC's Panaroma should be called Propaganda
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Post by BlueBag on 10.09.14 8:29

@unchained melody wrote:A shill attacking a shill.
Always thought BBC's Panaroma should be called Propaganda

Agreed.

"Summers also seems to have forgotten that MI5 and MI6 don't do assassinations. Period. State-sanctioned killings, invariably against major terrorist organisations or well-armed enemies of the state, are done by others. "


Mmmm....


I would say we have no idea what MI5 or MI6 really do.


They're secret see... but it's nice to know there are people who carry out state-sanctioned killings.
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Post by unchained melody on 10.09.14 8:34

Re-reading it again, this Tom Mangold sounds a bit annoyed with conspiracy fantasies. Typical BBC man/ MI5 asset
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Post by BlueBag on 10.09.14 8:38

One cat out the bag...


MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumba

A member of the House of Lords, Lord Lea, has written to the London Review of Books saying that shortly before she died, fellow peer and former MI6 officer Daphne Park told him Britain had been involved in the death of Patrice Lumumba, the elected leader of the Congo, in 1961.
When he asked her whether MI6 might have had something to do with it, he recalls her saying: "We did. I organised it."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22006446

The "licence to kill" debate is semantics.

If they want someone dead they die... directly or indirectly (the get-out).
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Post by bobbin on 10.09.14 8:49

@unchained melody wrote:Re-reading it again, this Tom Mangold sounds a bit annoyed with conspiracy fantasies. Typical BBC man/ MI5 asset
I had thought Tom Mangold to be a good journalist. Such is the power of suggestion.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/tom-mangold-shame-made-david-kelly-kill-himself-2058868.html
It's funny how in the above Independent article he was also very good friends with David Kelly and can vouch for the fact that Kelly killed himself.

Well, blow me down. When anyone with more than one brain cell will be able to ask the question, if he had killed himself in spot A, and was then found in spot B, how did he manage to change places.

Sorry Tom. I'm now a 'past' believer in your work, which makes any of your present or future work less 'believable'.

ETA, I suppose that if Tom did a piece on the sniffer dogs, Eddie and Keela, he'd state categorically that the dogs were playing 'hide and seek', it being 'their holiday time' too, and they were just playing a little joke on Martin Grimes.
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Post by tigger on 10.09.14 8:51

From above:

Summers has lent his reputation to a conspiracy theory – please don't giggle – which has an MI5 contract killer hiding in the Chelsea flat all night, then waking the drowsy Ward every few hours and inciting him to take ever increasing overdoses of the sleeping tablets which eventually killed him. The alleged killer is now conveniently dead but allegedly told a gabby friend on his deathbed…

Surely that wouldn't do his reputation any harm? Seems to me his reputation isn't exactly up there with e.g. Paxton or one of the very few real journalists?

Summers is a hack who will write what will sell. Generally he will write what he's told, looking at his other work.

So the man who's explained all about 9/11, JFK as well? Can't remember, but generally writing easy to understand 'solutions' in a format accessible from Sun readers up to and including Daily Mail.

Btw. I'm always very wary of people who insert a 'y' in their given name. such as Jayne, Robyn.

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Post by The....truth on 10.09.14 9:49

The killer punch is here


"Summers did not bother to make the two simple "check your facts" phone calls.....


They would have brought his loony-tunes theory crashing to the ground. ....So let me try to set the record straight with some facts."


 I wonder whether the above may be applicable to the latest effort. Facts versus loony tunes ? 


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Post by BlueBag on 10.09.14 10:11

Thetruth wrote:They would have brought his loony-tunes theory crashing to the ground. ....So let me try to set the record straight with some facts."

Facts v Assertions.

We are to believe his "facts" because he was there.

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