Operation Paget report on the death of Princess Diana and intelligence agencies

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The full Operation Paget report (.pdf 833 pages) into the death of Princess Diana, is now downloadable from the Home Office website. We will comment on a couple of aspects of this long, and entirely predictable report into the accidental death of Princess Diana etc.

Chapter 15 of the report deals with alleged USA intelligence agency involvement

The actual content of this chapter does not support the leaked / briefed / spun story in last Sunday's Observer newspaper claiming USA National Security Agency interception of Princess Diana's telephone calls, without informing the British authorities.

Chapter 16 deals with British intelligence agencies.

It names two alleged MI6 officers attached to the diplomatic staff at the British Embassy in Paris at the time, for no good reason which sheds any light on the matter, apparently against the wishes of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DBAC), who run the voluntary Defence Advisory Notice system, even though the "Not Protectively Marked" full report is available for download from the Home Office website.

15. Central Intelligence Agency/National Security Agency, USA

The US National Security Agency admits to intercepting the phone calls of Princess Diana. They admit to having 39 transcripts, 124 pages in total, but they deny that they were specifically targeting her phone conversations.

This information was not revealed as a result of the Operation Paget inquiries, but was subsequently confirmed by their contacts with senior US officals.

The NSA officials say that the fact of these 39 transcripts was revealed via US freedom of Informaion requests to Mohamed Al Fayed's legal team, as part of information of 81 disclosures on a large number of people and organisations.

There are no details about when or where these phone calls were intercepted.

Page 738 of the report:


The NSA had documents relating to the Princess of Wales, as disclosed under FOIA requests brought by Mohamed Al Fayed. The NSA responded in 1999 through Robert Tyrer, Chief of Staff for the US Secretary of Defence and then most recently in 2006 through its Director of Policy, Louis Giles, stating that none of the material held was relevant to the events surrounding the crash in 1997.

Louis Giles further stated, ‘I can categorically confirm that NSA did not target
Princess Diana nor collect any of her communications’.

The NSA declined to disclose details of the material as ‘their disclosure could
reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States by revealing intelligence sources and methods.’

The CIA has always denied any involvement whatsoever.

This does not correspond with the sensational headline in The Observer newspaper last Sunday which sensationally claimed:

US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash

Mark Townsend and Peter Allen in Paris
Sunday December 10, 2006
The Observer

The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.

In a move that raises fresh questions over transatlantic agreements on intelligence-sharing, the surveillance arm of the US has admitted listening to her conversations as she stayed at the Ritz hotel, but failed to notify MI6. Stevens is understood to have been assured that the 39 classified documents detailing Diana's final conversations did not reveal anything sinister or contain material that might help explain her death.

The Observer article either jumped to conclusions unsupported by the actual Operation Paget report, or was deliberately spun a line and manipulated by their supposed inside information briefers or anonymous source..

We are going to be even more sceptical of such reports by these two journalists and the Observer, in the future, if such a thing is is possible.

Whatever links or contacts, the driver of the crash vehicle, Henri Paul , may or may not have had with French or British or other intelligence agencies, something which , given his position as head of security at the Ritz Hotel, would not be surprising, they all seems rather irrelevant. If he was part of plot to kill Princess Diana, he would have had plenty of other, better, opportunities to do so, rather than via car crash, in which he himself died.


16. The Secret Intelligence Service and the Security Service

Again, there is almost no real detail discovered by the Operation Paget investigators,. They have had to rely on the opinions of former MI5 and MI6 people like Richard Tomlinson, who obviously had no direct access to inside information. They were promised full cooperation by the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, but do not appear to have talked to GCHQ or any MI5 the Secret Service.

The report does, for some reason, name the two alleged MI6 agents attached to the diplomatic staff at the British Embassy in Paris at the time.

Why they did this is mystery, as it does not add to the knowledge about any MI6 involvement, which has been denied.

US and French intelligence agency agents and staff (as opposed to press spokesmen and FOI officials) interviewed by the Operation Paget team have not been named in the report.

Although the British intelligence agency GCHQ is named a few times in passing, in the report, there is no sign that the Operation Paget team asked anyone in GCHQ whether or not they were keeping Princess Diana or her entourage under electronic surveillance, or whether they had asked the NSA or the French authorities to help in doing so.

A further twist, as reported by Dave Osler, is that the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DBAC), who run the voluntary Defence Advisory Notice system, sent a memo to Fleet Street editors, tipping them off that these two British diplomats who are alleged to have been MI6 officers, were going to be named in the Operation Paget report, in the public domain, but appealing that no more than their names be reported, for the usual DA-Notice reasons.

No concern is shown by the DBAC for the identification of one of the paparazzi photographers as an alleged MI6 agent or informer in the report.

This begs the question of why the Operation Paget team named them in the report in the first place, and why the DA-Notice Committee bothers to do this sort of thing at all.

Remember, the full Operation Paget report (.pdf 833 pages) which is "Not Protectively Marked" is downloadable from the Home Office website.

If we had not seen Dave Osler's blog article before downloading the full report, we might have chosen to name these individuals, or have done so inadvertently, in this blog, under the assumption that the Operation Paget report had been officially cleared and appropriately censored before publication.

DBAC have still not really come to terms with the concept of the internet and the world wide web - it still seems to be on their agenda for further discussions.

DBAC do not, for instance, publish these memos on their website, so that responsible bloggers or the media who are not part of the cosy DA-Notices and clubs, can be informed, and choose to voluntarily abide by them or not.

Neither do they publish, say, a public PGP encryption key, or provide an SSL/TLS encrypted web form, so that electronic correspondence about potentially sensitive details can be discussed in private.

We will probably seek clarification from DA-Notice Secretary about this matter.

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7 Comments

so come on then was she murdered or not?!!

listening to the spooks saying shuffle along, nothing top see here it was all just an accident one would think there was a bit of foul play!

@ Tom - the death of Diana and the others in the car crash was neither an obvious assassination e.g. with guns or explosives, and with someone to blame or to go to war against as a result, nor was it a mysterious crash in a remote area with no witnesses.

Cockup rather than conspiracy.

All this Diana nonsense is utterly boring, and I'm long past caring whether she was killed in an accident or not. Frankly, there are more important issues in the world.

Like JFK and other celebrity deaths I'm sure the conspiracy theories will rumble on for decades to come.

It has already been asserted that
if there is any suggestion of a possibility of foul play, major investigations would automatically come into play.
The fact that (as of 16 Feb 2007) there's been little or no investigation, and a lot of coverup and disinformation, is highly suspicious.

As an example, there are strange links between the timing of the Diana accident and the timing of harrassment of Tomlinson.

the white fiat uno was found believed to have hit the mercedes, but when they investigated it, it was on blocks at the time and say it wasn't the same car.

the owner of this fiat on blocks was found burned to death in his vehicle and they say it was suicide! really funny! he lit himself on fire? he didn't shoot himself, he lit himself on fire? if someone is trying to say that was a coincidence or an accident, then they are dumb or agreeing with it to annoy people. most people have enough common sense to question it.

people like to over rationailze everything like it was just a simple thing, not a conspiracy at all, and refuse to believe any one would be smart enough to go that far by what their inteligence can tell. they are very assured of them selves and are sure you will go along with that response. these are the same people on every board who get loud and complain every time the subject is brought up. they think they can change your mind and other's by their reaction. they are just playing mind games. no one is going to believe this was an accident.

Mohamid Al Fayed has gotten a real jury trial, so this may take off in May that Prince Charles and Prince Phillip will have to testify. Richard Tomlinson also may be required to give at least video testimony unless they put a gag order on him, so he won't be able to testify on any information he recieved while in
SIS.

They have already closed tomlinson's second blog on blogger and he hasn't surfaced yet to say why. if you live in the uk and denmark you can me automatically redirected to another blog, but if it's the back up blog, there are no posts on there by him.

it's obvious they don't want him there or they wouldn't be harrassing him.

15th December 2006,and we get this ghostly and ghastly comment still haunting these pages:

"I'm long past caring whether she was killed in an accident or not. Frankly, there are more important issues in the world."

Now, right up to date ... 31st July 2008 ... we hear further diabolical comments, now coming from Deputy Chief Lenny Harper, Jersey Police; commenting on the 65 milk teeth and 100 bone fragments found at Haut de la Garenne children's home on the island:
"At the end of the day there just might not be the evidence to mount a homicide inquiry."

As our erudite Bob Mottram is wont to say ... and perhaps Lenny Harper will agree with him ... "Frankly, there are more important issues in the world."

... SICK! ... SICK! ... SICK!

@ Alan Sparrow - how is this Jersey scandal relevant to this blog posting ?

What is wrong with the the Police commenting on the lack of hard forensic evidence from fragments of bones and teeth which had been burned and long buried ?

You are quoting Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper unfairly.

According to Reuters:

So far 65 milk teeth and more than 100 bone fragments belonging to children aged between four and 11 have been found at the former Haut de la Garenne home.

But forensic scientists are unable to put an exact date on them, Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper, who is leading the investigation, told BBC radio.

"We were pinning our hopes very much on the process of carbon dating," he said.

"The latest information we're getting is that for the period we're looking at, it's not going to be possible to give us an exact time of death.

"The small number of bones that we've had carbon dated up until now have given us different readings. One bone, we were told there was a probability that the person had died in 1650 but also a smaller probability that they died in 1960."

He added: "At the end of the day there just might not be the evidence there to mount a homicide inquiry to bring anybody to justice for whatever crimes took place."


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UK Legislation

The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

UK Legislation Links

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

UK Commissioners

UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

UK Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence and Security Committee - the supposedly independent Parliamentary watchdog which issues an annual, heavily censored Report every year or so. Currently chaired by the Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Why should either the intelligence agencies or the public trust this committee, when the untrustworthy ex-Labour Minister Hazel Blears is a member ?

Anti-terrorism hotline - links removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

MI5 Security Service
MI5 Security Service - links to encrypted reporting form removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

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Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

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Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

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Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

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National Crime Agency - the replacement for the Serious Organised Crime Agency

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Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

Foreign Spies / Intelliegence Agencies in the UK

It is not just the UK government which tries to snoop on British companies, organisations and individuals, the rest of the world is constantly trying to do the same, regardless of the mixed efforts of our own UK Intelligence Agencies who are paid to supposedly protect us from them.

For no good reason, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office only keeps the current version of the London Diplomatic List of accredited Diplomats (including some Foreign Intelligence Agency operatives) online.

Presumably every mainstream media organisation, intelligence agency, serious organised crime or terrorist gang keeps historical copies, so here are some older versions of the London Diplomatic List, for the benefit of web search engine queries, for those people who do not want their visits to appear in the FCO web server logfiles or those whose censored internet feeds block access to UK Government websites.

Campaign Button Links

Watching Them, Watching Us - UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

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FreeFarid.com - Kafkaesque extradition of Farid Hilali under the European Arrest Warrant to Spain

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution - Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

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Open Rights Group

The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

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Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

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Amnesty International's irrepressible.info campaign

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BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

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NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

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Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

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Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

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Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

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Icelanders are NOT terrorists ! - despite Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling's use of anti-terrorism legislation to seize the assets of Icelandic banks.

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No CCTV - The Campaign Against CCTV

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I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist !

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Power 2010 cross party, political reform campaign

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Cracking the Black Box - "aims to expose technology that is being used in inappropriate ways. We hope to bring together the insights of experts and whistleblowers to shine a light into the dark recesses of systems that are responsible for causing many of the privacy problems faced by millions of people."

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Open Rights Group - Petition against the renewal of the Interception Modernisation Programme

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WhistleblowersUK.org - Fighting for justice for whistleblowers