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Diana inquest: MI6 'plotted tunnel murder'(of Slobodan Milosevic?)
UK Telegraph ^ | 2/13/08 | Nick Allen

Posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:16 AM PST by Bokababe

MI6 plotted to murder Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in a staged car accident in a tunnel five years before Diana, Princess of Wales died in a similar crash, a renegade former spy has told the inquest into her death.

Richard Tomlinson, who worked for MI6 in the early 1990s, told the High Court he had seen a two page document, drawn up in 1992, detailing three plans to kill Mr Milosevic.

Diana inquest: MI6 plotted tunnel murder One plan was to use a strobe light to blind Mr Milosevic’s chauffeur

The first involved using a Serb opposition paramilitary group, which was regarded as being the most “deniable” method.

The second involved using the “increment” – a small group from the SAS or SBS – to infiltrate Serbia and kill Mr Milosevic using a bomb or sniper ambush.

A third plan was to use a strobe light to blind Mr Milosevic’s chauffeur as his cavalcade passed through a motorway tunnel during peace talks in Geneva.

Mr Tomlinson said the plan was shown to him by a senior MI6 officer referred to as “A” who argued that a crash in a tunnel would mean fewer witnesses and a greater chance it would be fatal.

The former MI6 officer also said he had been shown a strobe light by members of the SBS during his training in Poole, Dorset.

He was told that the equipment, which was portable, was intended for blinding enemy helicopter pilots as they tried to land at night.

Mr Tomlinson gave evidence on a video link from Marseilles.

He was called as a witness to the inquest after he told a French magistrate that the Paris car crash which killed the Princess, Dodi Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul on Aug 31, 1997, bore an “eerie similarity” to an MI6 plot.

He told the inquest that “A” was a “very ambitious and diligent” MI6 section sub-head, aged in his early 30s.

He is referred to as “Fish” in Lord Stevens’ police inquiry into the crash. Mr Tomlinson said “A” showed him the plan in his office on the 11th floor of Century House.

It gave a justification for murdering Mr Milosevic because of his plans for a greater Serbia, a feared genocide of Albanians in Kosovo and his support for Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader.

The circulation list for the document included the private secretary to the head of MI6. “There was no doubt in my mind that A was entirely serious about his plan,” Mr Tomlinson said.

“He was an ambitious and serious officer who would not risk his career by making such a proposal in jest.”

Counsel to the inquest Nicholas Hilliard said “A” had revealed there was a document, written in March 1993, about someone else in the Balkans, not Mr Milosevic, and that it was a “contingency plan”.

The other figure was not named but among the likeliest targets would have been the warlord known as Arkan.

Mr Tomlinson also suggested that Henri Paul was passing information to MI6. When he was reading files on an operation to smuggle weapons out of the Soviet Union he came a across details of an unnamed French security officer at the Ritz Hotel who he later concluded that it was Mr Paul.

“There is no doubt Henri Paul would have been of interest to the intelligence services,” he said.

Mr Tomlinson said MI6 paid many people for information or access on an ad hoc basis including a member of the paparazzi and a barrister.

Mr Tomlinson was recruited by MI6 in 1991 after graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in aeronautical engineering.. He was sacked in 1995 and jailed under the Official Secrets Act in 1997 after passing a proposal for a book to a publisher.

His book The Big Breach was eventually published in Moscow in 2001 and now lives in France.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bookdeals; dicktomlinson; france; libmyths; mi6; milosevic; moscow; richardtomlinson; saveirancrowd; thebigbreach; tomlinson
This is a really, really weird story. The Bosnian war didn't even start until March, 1992. The war in Croatia would have been less than a year old. And MI6 had already hatched an assassination plot?
1 posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:17 AM PST by Bokababe
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To: Bokababe

“What color is the boathouse at Herford?”


2 posted on 02/15/2008 12:11:27 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: Bokababe

A PROPOSED assassination plot...says a former agent who was with them for four years and was FIRED and jailed for breaking security rules?


3 posted on 02/15/2008 12:12:59 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“What color is the boathouse at Herford?”

How the f*** should I know?

4 posted on 02/15/2008 12:15:24 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Bokababe

The intel agencies don’t mess around... they probably have various assassination plans for just about anyone of note. The Pentagon works the same way, they have contingency plans to invade Luxembourg if need be. For my money, the Mossad is still the best. They murdered a bunch of Iranian scientists a year or so ago before anyone knew what was up. And of course, Putin... I wonder if his hand picked successor has ties to the KGB as well.


5 posted on 02/15/2008 12:23:32 AM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: Riley

That is probably my favorite movie. Anything with John Wayne, Steven Segal, early Clint Eastwoods and Robert Mitchum, as far as action/war/Westerns would be next. Wonder if they’ll do another?


6 posted on 02/15/2008 12:27:09 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: Bokababe
To get some insight into what happened in that tunnel, read The Feathermen. This was clearly an application of the "Boston Breaks."
7 posted on 02/15/2008 12:30:32 AM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kenneth.............is that you?
8 posted on 02/15/2008 12:32:28 AM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: Bokababe

Ah, the Milosevic days. It was weird back during the ‘99 Kosovo war, driving past tie-dye hippies and crisp-shirt paleo-conservatives standing together on the street corner, shouting “Stop this unjust war!”

Although I personally opposed that war, I never would have joined forces with those anti-American hippie swine.


9 posted on 02/15/2008 12:34:53 AM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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MI6’s alternate plan was getting the driver drunk and have Milosevic chased by paparazzi.


10 posted on 02/15/2008 12:35:59 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Riley

Aren’t you ‘The Ace of Spies?’


11 posted on 02/15/2008 12:41:16 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Mike Huckabee: If Gomer Pyle and Hugo Chavez had a love child this is who it would be.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Sidney Reilly was a bit well, knavish for my tastes.


12 posted on 02/15/2008 2:50:31 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Rob112586

More likely Mr. Tomlinson is a self-promoting wingnut— likr the VIPs group of former bureaucrats on our side of the pond- who is trying to increase his book sales with bizaare accusations.


13 posted on 02/15/2008 2:53:24 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: D-fendr; Fedora

Sure enough I go a lot of hits when plugged his name into a search engine with the wingnut Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame associate Ray McGovern from VIPS.


14 posted on 02/15/2008 2:58:28 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Bokababe
I feel really bad for the British taxpayer... having to see so much of their money wasted on this worthless inquest that seems to produce nothing more than kooky conspiracy theories. What's next? Little green men from Mars were in the tunnel in Paris and caused the car to crash?

If there is anything to say about the death of Princess Diana, it has to be that this is clearly one of the most open-and-shut criminal cases in our history... the driver was drunk and operated the vehicle accordingly. It is tragic, but there isn't anything more to this story.

15 posted on 02/15/2008 2:59:05 AM PST by pnh102
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To: Bokababe

bttt


16 posted on 02/15/2008 3:10:58 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: pnh102
Well, the reason a lot of people won’t let it go is because Diana was beautiful and didn’t make adulterous sluts feel bad about themselves. I know Charles was unfaithful, but Diana really surrounded herself with some bad types. She should never have gotten involved with Fayed.

As for the little green men, aren’t they fairies that appear after drinking absinthe? It's a lot easier to blame everyone but the people who didn't behave responsibly by wearing seatbelts.

17 posted on 02/15/2008 6:55:58 AM PST by Niuhuru (businesslinkshere.com)
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To: piasa; Riley
"More likely Mr. Tomlinson is a self-promoting wingnut— likr the VIPs group of former bureaucrats on our side of the pond- who is trying to increase his book sales with bizaare accusations."

Actually what makes it more interesting is that MI6 went after Tomlinson for "breaking the Official Secrets Act" They don't do that to you for just "making stuff up".

Reilly, Ace of Spies", with Sam Neill, was one of my all-time favorite PBS's series. At the time, they said that "Sydney Reilly" was Ian Fleming's model for the character of James Bond, but ironically that "model" seemed to be more based on a real-life Serb, named Dusko Popov and code-named "Tricycle"

18 posted on 02/15/2008 10:35:40 AM PST by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: piasa

Thanks! I seem to recall hearing Tomlinson’s name in connection with VIPS before.


19 posted on 02/15/2008 11:42:10 AM PST by Fedora
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To: Bokababe
Actually what makes it more interesting is that MI6 went after Tomlinson for "breaking the Official Secrets Act" They don't do that to you for just "making stuff up".

Sometimes they do, if someone is mixing real information with fabrications, for instance. . .It sounds like that was for his prior book rather than his current allegation, though.

Regarding your comment on your first post, IIRC in the earliest phase of the Croatian conflict Germany played a leading role, before the US got involved; not sure when Britain got involved but maybe it had something to do with Germany's early involvement.

I think Fleming also modelled Bond on himself somewhat, exaggerated to Reilly-like proportions of course, LOL.

20 posted on 02/15/2008 11:50:08 AM PST by Fedora
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To: pnh102
Totally agree with your conclusion.

I am sure that had the British establishment wanted to kill Diana they would have done so in a much more reliable way.

After all, had she been wearing a seat beat she most likely would have survived - as did Trevor Rees Jones.

It was an accident.

21 posted on 02/15/2008 12:05:39 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: Bokababe
Propagandists use bits of classified intel to establish myths more effectively than they could if they made everything up. The very best lies always include an element of truth- it's the bait on the hook.
22 posted on 02/16/2008 4:52:18 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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