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The Court Martial of SAS Sniper Danny Nightingale led to a letter written by witness, Soldier N, and sent to his in-laws coming to wider attention. Soldier N, Nightingale's former roommate, was in prison for illegally hiding firearms and ammunition. On 17 August 2013, the Metropolitan Police announced they were reviewing evidence that Soldier N had boasted that the SAS were behind the death of Princess Diana. [107] The parents of Soldier N's estranged wife reportedly wrote to the SAS's commanding officer, claiming Soldier N had told his wife the unit "arranged" Diana's death and it was "covered up". [108] [109] The information was reportedly passed onto Scotland Yard by the Royal Military Police. However, Scotland Yard stressed that this information would not lead to a re-investigation and that they were examining its "relevance and credibility". [110] They also confirmed that Prince Charles and Mohamed Al-Fayed were being kept informed as preliminary examination progressed. At the end of November 2013, Scotland Yard ended its study of the SAS allegations and released a statement: "The Metropolitan Police Service has scoped the information and is in the process of drawing up conclusions, which will be communicated to the families and interested parties first, before any further comment can be made," [111] On 16 December, it emerged from Sky News reports that there was "no credible evidence" that the SAS was involved in the death of the Princess and the others, and thus no reason to re-open the investigation. [112] [113] Popular culture [ edit ] The company concluded that Mr Tomlinson violated its user agreement on no pornography, no 'hate speech' and no illegal activities. Executive Director on LPP and LPPI Boards, Chair of LPP and LPPI Executive Committees, Chair of the LPPI Investment Committee Mr Tomlinson, 35, fled to Paris last year after serving a six-month jail sentence for breaching the official secrets act.

Iashmar, Paul (23 January 2001). "Seven of Richard Tomlinson's Big Claims" . http://www.questia.com/read/1P2-5132280/seven-of-richard-tomlinson-s-big-claims . Retrieved 22 February 2013. Speaking by video-link from France on 13 February 2008, Tomlinson conceded that after the interval of 16 or 17 years, he "could not remember specifically" whether the document he had seen in 1992 had in fact proposed the use of a strobe light to cause a traffic accident as a means of assassinating Milosevic, although use of lights for this purpose had been covered in his MI6 training. Government lawyers revealed yesterday that they had decided not to prosecute Richard Tomlinson, the former MI6 officer, for describing his adventures in Britain's secret intelligence service. After years of cat and mouse operations with the renegade spy, the Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided that there was no real prospect of conviction in a jury trial and, where there was such a prospect, a trial would reveal "sensitive matters". The renegade former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson has given evidence to the judge investigating the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales almost one year ago.

John Macnamara, a former senior detective at Scotland Yard, headed Al-Fayed's own investigation for five years from 1997. Cross-examined at the inquest on 14 February, he conceded that he had found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy to kill the Princess, or that she was engaged or pregnant at the time of her death, apart from the claims Al-Fayed had relayed to him. [59] Pregnancy [ edit ] Argos and the Argolid: From the End of the Bronze Age to the Roman Occupation (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1972) ISBN 0801407133 In May 1999, a list of 116 alleged MI6 agents was sent to the LaRouche movement's publication Executive Intelligence Review, [42] a weekly magazine which published it online. [43] Its names included Andrew Fulton, who had recently retired, Christopher Steele, David Spedding and Richard Dearlove. [44] [45] [46] MI6 biographer Stephen Dorril explained that most of the names were "light-cover" sources who worked out of embassies or missions posing as diplomats. [47] Dorril argued, "it is well known that rival intelligence networks know who these people are and accept them." [47] MI6 claimed that Tomlinson had originated the list, which was something he had previously threatened to do, although he denied responsibility for it, and MI6 were unable to substantiate their accusation. [48] [49] a b c d Barnett, Antony (13 June 1999). "British agents helped Iran to make killer gas". The Observer. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017 . Retrieved 15 February 2013.

Tomlinson admitted passing an outline of a book he was writing about his experiences with MI6 to a publisher in Australia. a b How Diana Died: The Conspiracy Files, BBC Two, 10 December 2006 (BBC transcript); "How Diana Died: The Conspiracy Files"', BBC News, 7 December 2006 Richard John Charles Tomlinson was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and raised in the nearby town of Ngāruawāhia. [2] [9] He was the middle child in a family of three brothers. [10] His father came from a Lancashire farming family and he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, and had met his wife whilst studying agriculture at Newcastle University. [11] The family moved to the village of Armathwaite [12] in Cumbria, England, in 1968. [10] The young Tomlinson won a scholarship for the independent Barnard Castle School in County Durham, where he was a contemporary of Rory Underwood and Rob Andrew, who went on to become England rugby internationals. [13] He excelled at mathematics and physics, and won a scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1981. [11] a b "MI5 and MI6 unable to stop Secret Wars' publication". The Guardian. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 10 February 2021 . Retrieved 3 December 2012.In 1997, Tomlinson was imprisoned under the Official Secrets Act 1989 after he gave a synopsis of a proposed book detailing his career with MI6 to an Australian publisher. He served five months of a twelve-month sentence before being given parole, whereupon he left the country. The book, named The Big Breach, was published in Moscow in 2001 (and later in Edinburgh), and was subsequently serialised by The Sunday Times. The book detailed various aspects of MI6 operations, as well as alleging that it employed a mole in the German Bundesbank and that it had a " licence to kill", the latter of which was later confirmed by the head of MI6 at a public hearing. [4] His fellow student, historian Andrew Roberts, remembers Tomlinson as "a bright and charming undergraduate, popular with the boys for his drinking and sporting prowess, and with the girls for his dark good looks." [14] His friends included Gideon Rachman, who wrote him a reference after his tutor refused to do so. [15] Tomlinson completed flying training with Cambridge University Air Squadron and won a Half Blue for Modern Pentathlon. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a starred First Class honours degree in aeronautical engineering in 1984, and was approached by MI6 shortly afterwards, whose offer he turned down. [10] Following his graduation he took examinations to join the Royal Navy as a Fleet Air Arm Officer, but he failed the medical examination due to childhood asthma. [11] Instead he applied for and was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship, which allowed him to study technology policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with full funding during 1986–7. [11] Following this, he was awarded a prize from the Rotary Foundation, allowing him to study in the country of his choice for a year. Consequently, he enrolled in a political science course at the University of Buenos Aires, where he became a fluent Spanish speaker. [11] He continued to pursue his aeronautical interests and qualified as a glider pilot with the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. During 1988–9, Tomlinson worked in Mayfair, London, for management consultancy company Booz Allen Hamilton. [11] Military and MI6 service [ edit ] MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross, London A foreign office spokesman said it would be 'inappropriate' to comment further since there were 'obvious legal implications.' Though Whitehall did not name Mr Tomlinson as the source, they made clear that in their view he was the culprit. In That Mitchell and Webb Look, a series of sketches depicting a group of three government agents discussing plans to carry out popular conspiracy theories, whilst inadvertently pointing out the flaws in such plans, includes one revolving around Diana's death. The sketch ends with plan "happen[ing] by accident".

Spying scandal spreads". BBC News. 20 December 1999 . http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1999/09/99/britain_betrayed/452453.stm . Retrieved 5 December 2012. Clifford Chance is ‘the best in town and gives clients real value for money’. The firm provides ‘superb in-depth analysis and knowledge of project finance’ and its ‘ability to link legal and commercial aspects is outstanding’. The Paris hub stands out for its top capabilities on both domestic and international projects and is involved in several of France, Europe and Africa’s landmark power, hydropower, gas, renewables and pipeline projects including major domestic offshore projects and brownfield transactions. Abroad, the practice is assisting the Maltese Government with a 215MW gas-fired power plant and a LNG storage and degasification facility project. The first-class team is led by Anthony Giustini, Nikolaï Eatwell and Daniel Zerbib. David Préat is a key name for public law matters in France and abroad. Also strongly recommended are Delphine Siino Courtin and Benjamin de Blegiers, who is ‘a must when it comes to M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector’. Richard Tomlinson is another name to note." The three-month operation of the Truefax news agency resulted in not a single military secret being obtained and it was closed down, according to extracts from Tomlinson's book, The Big Breach, published in Russia yesterday. a b c d Rayner, Gordon (7 April 2008). "Inquest shed light on mystery of white Fiat Uno". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022 . Retrieved 23 October 2018.Rachman, Gideon (February 18, 2008). "My friend, the renegade spy". Financial Times . http://blogs.ft.com/rachmanblog/2008/02/my-friend-the-rhtml/. Tomlinson is the first secret service officer to be convicted of passing official secrets and the first person to be prosecuted under the 1989 Official Secrets Act.

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