- RMNews coverage of Press Conference given today at the
National Press Club in Washington D.C. by John MacNamara, Chief of Security
for Mohammed Al Fayed, and Mark Zaid, Al Fayed's United States lawyer.
- I just watched the press conference that Mohammed Al
Fayed gave at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The conference
went on for well over an hour. Mohammed Al Fayed charged that "evil,
racist forces working through British Security Services murdered my son
and Princess Diana."
- The press conference was given to announce that Al Fayed
was suing the CIA, DIA, NSA, FBI, the United States Justice Department,
various United States government offices, and three people who have never
been prosecuted by the United States government for the attempt to extort
money from Al Fayed for "forgeries" of CIA documents.
- The three people were involved with Oswald LeWinter who
is currently serving a four year sentence in Austria for attempting to
defraud Al Fayed. Le Winter claims that the CIA documents he gave to Al
Fayed, while being "forgeries", were indeed copies of actual
- LeWinter told RMNews "I had a choice at the time
of my arrest to identify the documents as genuine or as fakes. If I said
genuine I would face charges in the U.S. of high treason ... so I said
they were forgeries and was arrested for Fraud."
- Many articles regarding LeWinter have been published
on Rumor Mill News. You can use the search engines on the front page of
Rumor Mill News or on the Forum to find them. There are also letters from
LeWinter which are published on the Diana, Queen of Heaven webpage - http://www.dianaqueenofheaven.com
- Mohammed Al Fayed has asked for help from the American
people. He wants the American people to write letters to their Congressmen
and Senators requesting that they urge the CIA, FBI, DIA, NSA etc. to release
all documents that are pertinent to the unraveling of the mystery behind
the murder of Diana and Dodi.
- RMNews has already contacted FOXNEWS and asked them to
put the video of the entire press conference on their webpage. If they
do, it will be at http://www.foxnews.com
- Knowing that they might not show the entire press conference,
RMNews has also spoken with John MacNamara, Al Fayed's chief of security,
and the main presenter at today's press conference. RMNews asked him to
put up the entire press conference. He said they are planning to do so.
As soon as RMNews is given one or the other of these links, it will be
posted on the RMNews webpage.
- RMNews is still awaiting the official transcripts from
the press conference. As soon as they are received, they will be posted
- A lot of information that was presented by John MacNamara,
Al Fayed's Chief of Security and Mark Zaid, Al Fayed's United States lawyer,
were presented in my article, Diana Was Not the Target, published this
month in Paranoia Magazine. There is a link to this article on the front
- The following is from Mohammed Al Fayed's official webpage.
It is very similar to his letter that was read at the conference and to
his comments that were presented via video:
- Mohammed Al Fayed: "Most people are profoundly shocked,
and rightly so, by the idea that Dodi and Diana were murdered. Yet it is
my firm belief that Britain's racist establishment found their relationship
utterly unacceptable, and so conspired with the intelligence services to
have them killed.
- My repeated appeals for a full public inquiry in Britain
into the Paris tragedy have been rejected out of hand by the prime minister,
Tony Blair and the home secretary, Jack Straw but I shall never abandon
my fight for disclosure of the full facts. The following open letter explains
- AN OPEN LETTER FROM MOHAMED AL FAYED
- Since the 31st August 1997, the terrible day that my
son Dodi and Princess Diana died in Paris, I have tried by all means that
I know to get answers to the many questions left hanging in the air. I
have been thwarted at every turn. The official French investigation has
so far failed to resolve many key questions. The British government still
refuses to hold a public inquiry. The intelligence services in France,
Britain and the USA have stonewalled - though we know that intelligence
services had Diana under surveillance on the fateful night in Paris. And,
as we have seen only too clearly following the publication of the book
by Trevor Rees-Jones (but one example), there has been a concerted campaign
to discredit my attempts to get at the truth. I know that I am bitterly
resented by some members of the British establishment. There are those
who cannot accept that an Egyptian from a modest background should have
become the owner of Harrods, a shop they considered a part of their heritage.
Others reckon me beyond the pale because of my part in revealing corruption
in the highest places. For a few, I suspect, it is simply a matter of racism;
though they would never dream of saying so in public, they despise foreigners
- especially those with crinkly hair and dark skins. Behind the scenes,
the extreme right-wing in Britain still wields enormous influence particularly
in the press and the corridors of unelected power. In my experience these
people are ruthless in their determination and will stop at nothing to
achieve their ends.
- Certainly my attempts to make progress through the official
channels are blocked consistently by a brick wall of silence and secrecy.
- When I met Mr Blair in May 1999 at a reception hosted
by the Muslim Council, I gave him this paper which set out my concerns
and asked for his help, and a copy of this memo which I had given to the
Council. I heard nothing. Then my lawyers wrote to him. Again, nothing.
The same wall of silence greeted my letters to the Foreign Secretary, the
Home Secretary and the Heads of MI5 and MI6. Such silence is rude and discourteous
to me personally. I have given 35 years of my life to this country, paying
hundreds of millions in taxes and employing tens of thousands of people.
I have helped to win British firms overseas contracts worth billions of
pounds. After making such a contribution to the country, I think I've earned
the right to some answers. But more importantly, the people of Britain
deserve answers: Diana was - in Tony Blair's words - "The People's
Princess". A blanket refusal to answer legitimate questions can only
fuel suspicion of foul play.
- These concerns were taken up in Parliament by the Conservative
MP Charles Wardle. He did so of his own volition. In an adjournment debate
in July 1999 he set out with great force and clarity the many reasons for
holding a full inquiry in Britain into the Paris crash, conducted openly
for all to see and follow. He requested a formal response from the Home
Office; none has been forthcoming. I have pursued information in the United
States under their Freedom of Information Act. The Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have confirmed that
they hold 39 documents consisting of 1,056 pages of information relating
to Diana and Dodi but they refuse to reveal it on the grounds of national
security. My American lawyers have been fighting for access to this vital
information for the last year. A court in Washington DC has ordered the
CIA to hand over the documents, but they have not complied. Recently we
sought a subpoena to force the production of the documents - only to have
the judge rule that, under the statute which allows subpoenas to be issued
in connection with foreign proceedings, he did not have jurisdiction to
issue a subpoena against the federal government. We have appealed and hope
to get some movement soon, but it is a very slow business.
- The attitude of the British government was well-illustrated
recently. On 27 February The Sunday Times published an article headlined
"Spy agencies listened in on Diana". In this article, "former
intelligence officials" confirmed to the newspaper that spy agencies
in Britain and America "eavesdropped on Diana". The very next
day, in response to my earlier demands for an official statement on this
matter, I received a letter from the Treasury Solicitor, categorically
denying any such activity by the security services, or those working on
their behalf. Given that Diana was mother to the future King, and was often
at odds with the Royal Family, it is frankly unbelievable that the security
forces were taking no interest in her - but the official line attempts
to deny the obvious.
- According to Stephen Dorril's newly published history
of Britain's overseas intelligence service, "MI6: Fifty Years of Special
Operations" (p788): "...the late Princess of Wales had clearly
been under some kind of surveillance, as evidenced by the 1,050-page dossier
held by the US National Security Agency detailing private telephone conversations
between Diana and American friends intercepted at MI6's request".
- 1. It is hardly surprising that my efforts to uncover
the truth about the Paris crash have made me a lot of enemies. But I have
been shocked at the lengths that these people will go to in their attempts
to discredit me. The Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, considered
by many to be the heart of reactionary opinion in Britain, have mounted
an extraordinarily vicious and sustained campaign. Since the crash they
have printed a never-ending stream of hostile articles - about 150 in all
- accusing me of everything from tax evasion to sexual harassment. Their
fellow-travellers, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the London Evening
Standard have joined in the fun. (For a more detailed account, see Mohamed
Al Fayed and the Press). While seeking to portray me as some kind of fantasist,
they show no interest themselves in establishing the facts. If they are
able to prove me wrong, why don't they do so?
- The most recent attack on me was The Daily Telegraph's
publication of extracts from the book "The Bodyguard's Story"
by Trevor Rees-Jones. This account was, in fact, compiled by a committee
and crafted by a ghostwriter. It is based substantially on the recollections
of others because Rees-Jones himself has no memory of the crash itself
and only partial recall of much else. He has simply been used as a vehicle
to sensationalise a book which peddles the lies of those hell-bent on silencing
me. And he has clearly forgotten completely about the confidentiality clause
in his contract of employment with me.
- The motives behind the book are plain: they are to clear
Trevor and his friend Kez Wingfield, the other bodyguard that night, of
all responsibility for the tragedy and also to get "some recompense
for what's happened." Everything in the book is shaped by these twin
objectives of shifting the blame and selling the book. Trevor is consistently
portrayed as a saint while I am relentlessly cast as the evil genius trying
to manipulate his memories to support wild conspiracy theories. It is all
rubbish and deeply ironic when it is Trevor and those who collaborated
with him who are manipulating the truth for their own ends. Trevor has
admitted that they - lawyers included - are all part of the book deal and
so will share the profits. Like everyone else, I have the greatest sympathy
for Trevor. He went through hell. But I cannot overlook the fact that,
on the night, he failed to carry out established security procedures. Had
he done so, the couple might be alive today.
- Interestingly, the ghostwriter Moira Johnston is best-known
for a book on a famous court case concerning so-called "recovered
memories." In her third-person narrative, individuals have a startling
recall of precisely what they were thinking and saying more than two and
a half years ago and, even more remarkable, an exact knowledge of what
other people were thinking and saying when key events took place! Every
trick in the book, every tabloid technique known to man, has been employed
to fashion a fiction that parades as the truth. I bitterly resent this
malicious book and its intrusion on my private family life and security
arrangements. I simply cannot understand why I was refused an injunction
when Tony Blair was awarded one to stop a book about his family written
by a well-intentioned nanny who is a friend of the family! Sometimes the
law really is an ass.
- The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers have claimed
quite wrongly that "The Bodyguard's Story" demolishes many of
my theories. In fact, it contains no new information and actually lends
weight to my conviction that Henri Paul was not drunk at all. Both Trevor
and Kez continue to insist that Paul gave no indication whatsoever of being
drunk before he got behind the wheel. They had been with him for extended
periods that evening and still maintain that there was nothing in his behaviour
or general conduct to suggest that he had been drinking. If this is the
case, how then do they account for the inquiry finding that, within three
minutes of leaving the hotel, he was more than three times over the drink-drive
- The book makes several claims (about the engagement ring
and the reported last words of Diana) which are wrong, but otherwise it
consists of little more than gossip and innuendo designed to clear the
bodyguards of any responsibility for what happened. Despite this, the Establishment
has hailed it as a work of great significance. Like the recent revelation
that the brother-in-law of The Sunday Telegraph editor is a senior MI6
officer, it shows how far the influence of the Establishment extends. I
remain convinced that most fair-minded people believe there was foul play
in Paris. Even The Daily Telegraph Home Affairs Editor Philip Johnston
was recently forced to acknowledge: "Since the serialisation began,
this newspaper and others connected with the book have been contacted by
people who just cannot come to terms with the banal circumstances of the
Princess's death. One caller yesterday berated The Daily Telegraph for
'covering up what everyone knows is the truth'".
- Like Trevor Rees Jones, I too would like to move on and
lead a normal life but the Establishment is making that impossible. It
is their constant refusal to answer perfectly straightforward questions
that drives me on. They should know that the efforts to discredit and destroy
me will not succeed and that I will never give up my fight to discover
the full facts about the deaths of Dodi and Diana. I am not alone in wanting
answers. There is widespread public unease about the circumstances of the
tragedy. Very many ordinary people in this country want answers and they
deserve them. In my own mind I must be certain that what happened in Paris
was truly God's will and not the will of others. I have great faith that
God will guide and protect me in my search and I fear no one. I am equally
sure that one day the truth will be known.
- The following is an article from FOXNEWS. It describes
the press conference and the people who were involved.
- Mohammed Al Fayed to Sue CIA For Documents on Princess
- Tuesday, August 29, 2000 By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON
- Mohammed Al Fayed, convinced the car crash that killed his son Dodi and
Britain's Princess Diana was no accident, will sue the CIA and other U.S.
agencies this week for documents that could shed light on the incident.
- Fayed believes his son and Princess Diana were murdered
to prevent them from marrying
- Lawyers for the Egyptian-born tycoon were planning a
press conference Wednesday to announce the lawsuit against agencies including
the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and Defense
and Justice Departments.
- U.S. lawyer Mark Zaid said some requests will be for
specific information, including any recordings or telephone calls between
Dodi and Diana made by the NSA, and in other cases would be more general.
- CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said he could not comment
on the lawsuit until it had been filed and the agency had a chance to read
it. "But I would emphasize that any suggestion the CIA had anything
to do with this tragedy is ludicrous," he said.
- Fayed, who owns London's Harrods luxury department store,
has unsuccessfully tried to subpoena the documents through another U.S.
court case and will now sue for them under the Freedom Of Information Act.
- Diana and Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris Aug.
31, 1997. Fayed believes it was a murder plot to prevent his son and the
mother of the heir to the British throne from marrying.
- On his Web site (www.alfayed.com), Fayed sets out his
case: "It is my firm belief that Britain's racist establishment found
(Dodi and Diana's) relationship utterly unacceptable, and so conspired
with the intelligence services to have them killed."
- Says Prince Philip Masterminded Plot
- Fayed has long been at odds with the British government
which has repeatedly denied his requests for citizenship.
- He claims Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband
to Britain's Queen Elizabeth, masterminded a plot to kill the lovers and
it is being covered up by the CIA and Britain's MI5 and MI6 intelligence
- The British government has rejected his appeal for a
full inquiry, referring him to a French investigation which found that
Dodi and Diana's driver crashed because he was drunk.
- Zaid, of Washington firm Lobel, Novins & Lamont,
played down suggestions by lawyers in London that there would be revelations
at the Washington news conference.
- "Most of the information we will be discussing will
be new to our audience, but in some form or another it's all been out there,"
he said in a telephone interview.
- The lawsuit is to be filed in U.S. District Court Thursday,
the three-year anniversary of the car crash that stunned the world and
plunged Britain into an uncharacteristic open display of grief.
- It will seek records relating to Diana, Dodi Fayed, the
driver of the car Henri Paul and others.
- Fayed wants documents related to Oswald LeWinter, who
claimed to have worked for the CIA and tried to elicit $20 million from
Fayed for what turned out to be forged documents that were supposed to
indicate the British government was behind the fatal car crash.
- LeWinter was sentenced to four years in prison in 1998
in Vienna for trying to sell fraudulent documents which he gave to a representative
of Fayed at meetings in Austria. _____
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