R An explosive interview with secret agent Richard Tomlinson that reveals the inside on how the Princess was set up.
After months of cloak-and-dagger spying, arrests and claims of dirty tricks against him, former British spy Richard
Tomlinson has lifted the lid on the sinister world of M16 - the super secret agency he once worked for and which he now
accuses of hounding and plotting to kill princess Diana. Regarded as Britain's No. 1 enemy by royalists, Richard believes
that only by going public with what he knows is he safe from becoming MI6's next victim.
In an exclusive interview with New Idea in his Geneva hideaway he details, for the first time, what he secretly told French
judge Herve Stephan, the man heading the inquest into Diana's death. The results of Judge Stephan's investigation into
the Paris car crash, which killed the Princess, her lover Dodi Fayed and Ritz security boss Henri Paul a year ago, are not
expected to be released for some months. Richard claims that Diana was spied on for 15 years until the night she died -
and that one of the Paris paparazzi tailing her was, in reality, an MI6 agent. He tells a shocking tale of a spy organisation
that hounded the Princess every day of her public life.
He says: "We were given a standing instruction to keep her in our sights. Even in the early days when she thought she
could drive herself to visit friends, she was being followed everywhere - and not just by one car. "As she turned out of her
gates, up to three cars would move in behind her. The first would then head off to let the second take up the tail. When it
peeled off, the third would take over."
At her favourite London restaurant, San Lorenzo, every word the Princess uttered was recorded. Richard says: "No one,
including the owner, knew the place was wired - and that the couple at the next table were listening to her every word... I
don't think she had a private phone call in years. We had films and tapes of everything she was doing and everyone she
was seeing..." Richard also told the inquiry that MI6 renegades, fanatically loyal to the Crown, viewed Diana as a 'loose
cannon' - and would stop at nothing to eliminate her threat to eclipse the House of Windsor.
His knowledge of MI6's Diana operation made him a dangerous, high-risk threat to the organization after Diana's crash.
Richard was picked up by police just three weeks after her death. He was handcuffed and interrogated. "I knew that
Diana's death had MI6's dirty fingerprints all over it," he says. "I was determined to speak out and MI6 was just as
determined to silence me..."
He also told the French inquiry:
*Ritz security boss Henri Paul, who drove the death car, was an MI6 informer paid to spy on Diana and Dodi.
* The Diana crash was chillingly similar to a previous MI6 plot.
That plot was to assassinate the Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in Geneva using a powerful laser strobe light -
similar to that described by witnesses to the Paris crash - to blind the driver. Richard claims MI6 dirty tricks experts have
also perfected transmitters to knock out a car's electronics while it is on the move - even causing the airbags to inflate,
blinding the driver.
"I was shown a document proposing an assassination of President Milosevic of Serbia because of his involvement with
weapons shipments to Bosnia. The plan was to use a strobe light to blind his driver as he went into a road tunnel in
Geneva. When I heard witnesses in Paris talk about a bright flash before Diana's car crash, it made sense."
"A tunnel is a perfect place for an assassination, with fewer witnesses. The Paris tunnel is also ideal because there are
no crash rails along the central pillars, so it's a death trap. I also know that one of the paparazzi that night was working
for MI6, too. He'd have been on a fast motorbike..."
"They'd also have at their disposal sophisticated radio transmitters that would knock out the electronics of the limo at the
press of a button, causing the airbags to inflate."
"Imagine - the driver flying into the tunnel at 90mph (145kph), picking up speed as he dips down, inches from those
central concrete pillars. Suddenly, the car dies as the electronics fail. A blinding flash of light is shot into his eyes. Then,
the airbag blows up in his face. Instant disaster..."
His claims about MI6 involvement in Diana's death will shock the world. "There's an arrogant faction inside MI6, part of the
Eton/Oxford/Guards clique, who see themselves literally as defenders of the realm - and for them, that means the royals."
"When Di broke up with Charles, she immediately became the enemy. When she started a romance with Dodi Fayed, that
raised an even more terrifying spectre."
"What if she'd married him and turned Muslim? What if they'd had children? The thought of Prince William, the future
King of England, with a brown-skinned Muslim half-brother or sister was the worst possible scenario for them. In their
eyes, Diana would single-handedly destroy the fabric of the nation they were pledged to defend."
"Backed by the Al Fayed millions, she could have set up a glittering rival court which would have made Buckingham
Palace pale by comparison. She would have become the people's Queen, so she had to go."
"The thinking would go like this: after Diana's death the spotlight would turn back to the Palace, as it has; Prince Charles'
popularity rating would start to climb as he wins back public sympathy, and it has done. And, importantly, Prince William
will be firmly under Palace control. Mission accomplished. No Di, no rival court. Monarchy secure."
Here are some valid POINTS to ponder over and consider regarding Paris 1997 !
Sent by an anonymous reader !
Photographers were 'chasing the car'. This sounds like an attempt to a) fuel public opinion against the 'paparazzi' and
b) pass the buck away from the real 'pursuers'.
Imagine for one second the scenario whereby a couple of hired assassins take to motor cycles and chase the car. Diana
and Dodi were use to photographers chasing them, the driver was also aware that photographers would be following. A
Mercedes 280S is a far safer place to be than a bike. Why should the driver risk life and limb from photographers that
were a continual nuisance anyway?
What if one of the bikers pulled a gun, or was a 'serious' threat, rather than a photographer. We know the photographers
didn't arrive on the scene until some seconds after the crash. Therefore, who was close enough to the car to pose a real
threat? In any case, it's virtually impossible to take photos from a moving bike at high speed, especially when playing cat
and mouse with a sturdy Mercedes.
You can't take photos through a glass car window using a flash at night, without getting a nice photo of your own flash
gun as a reflection. Why did some people rumour that a bike was in front of the car? Would you overtake a heavy
Mercedes on a bike, doing silly speeds, on the entrance to a tunnel?
This leads onto the next point .... What speed was the car doing? Initial reports claimed the car was doing 120mph.
Although a Mercedes 280S series should be able to cope well at this speed, it is extremely unlikely you would need to do
such speeds just to outrun photographers on bikes (has anyone confirmed the makes/models/max speeds of the bikes
involved?). Immediately when this speed was reported, people on the internet questioned it and said it was highly unlikely.
Although the media tried to debunk the internet as a source of unreliable 'gossip', why have they recently amended their
reports to state the car was no doubt doing a slower speed - in which case it was less likely to have lost control unless
some outside influence was involved, such as the deliberate blowout of a tyre or a similar event.
The driver was drunk. This was the report which initially made me 'smell a rat'. Not only is this an insult to the driver if he
was innocent, but both Diana and Dodi have always been surrounded by security and minders. If the driver had been
drunk, another would have been found. Other security personnel would have prevented them getting into the car in the
first place. Another driver would have been found. Trevor Rees - Jones sitting beside him in the vehicle surely have
sensed it, if not Diana and Dodi themselves; prior to leaving the hotel seen on video from the Ritz; having engaged in
constant conversation with him there.
Here again is some discrepancy in the reporting in the media. Some claim that there was confusion as they left the hotel,
and a decoy car left from the front whilst they left from the rear. Even so, was there really only two drivers available, one
being drunk?Some papers then claimed he wasn't drunk, whilst others confirmed he was. Highly suspicious ! If this is a
false rumour it is gross misrepresentation and character assassination of an innocent, sober person.
Eyewitness reports. Although unconfirmed, some early eye witness reports claim to have heard a 'bang' immediately prior
to the crash. Could this have been an attempt to sabotage the car? Imagine that a hired assassin had secretly placed a
small explosive device under the front of the car. Another (or the same) assassin could follow on a bike, ensuring that the
car gets to a specific spot before remotely detonating the device which could cause a blow out and subsequent loss of
control of the car. It has also been rumoured another car was involved. Could a car have been in front, just inside the
tunnel to create an obstacle requiring rapid manoeuvres, thus ensuring the 'arranged crash' would occur?
( Eye - Witness account from Brenda Wells )
After a party with my friends, I was returning to my home. A motorbike with two men forced me off the road. It was
following a big car. Afterwards in the tunnel there were very strong lights like flashes. After that, a black car arrived. The
big car had come off the road. I stopped and five or six motorbikes arrived and started taking photographs. They were
crying 'It's Diana! "
Brenda's evidence calls into question initial claims that pursuing paparazzi were to blame. Brenda working as a P.A. in
the French capital city makes the first mention of photographers after the accident when 'five or six' paparazzi arrived
and took pictures.
Despite extensive inquiries in the Paris suburb of Champignay sur Marne where she told police she lived, Brenda could
never be located+ or perhaps found and silenced !
Witnesses have reported that, as the Mercedes approached the tunnel, it was being chased by two vehicles and one
motorbike. It is possible that one of the vehicles (a white Fiat Uno) rammed the Mercedes just before the crash "causing it
to spin out of control" (The Guardian, November 13th, 1997). As the Mercedes gets nearer the tunnel, at least one
motorbike prevents Brenda Wells' car from taking the approach road that leads to the tunnel. Moments before the fatal
crash, a number of witnesses reported that they saw a bright flash of light and then they heard a loud bang coming from
Two further witnesses, who are quoted by the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche said that a car driving IN FRONT
of the Mercedes, forced Henri -Paul to start braking, just as it entered the tunnel. "This car clearly was attempting to
force the Mercedes to brake. The driver of the Mercedes veered into the left-hand lane, and then entered the tunnel.
Incidentally, some witnesses claim that the tunnel was completely dark at the time because, for some unknown reason,
the lights had been turned off a few minutes earlier. The photographers obstructing the police. It was initially reported
that when the police arrived at the scene, the paparazzi were obstructing the police from getting to the crash. If true, how
do we know they were paparazzi? They could have been the assassins ensuring that any vital evidence was removed
from the crash scene.
Some initial reports even went so far as to claim that a couple of motor cyclists left the scene of the crash immediately the
police arrived - again leaving the following paparazzi to get the blame.
Stolen Jewellery? The plot gets more and more far-fetched every day. Nearly 10 days after the event it is claimed that
valuable jewellery was stolen from the crashed car. It was rumoured that Dodi had recently given Diana an engagement
ring. Could this have been stolen/removed to again hide the fact from the British public? The Repossi ring being later
found at his Champs Elysee apartment where Dodi had left it before eating out with Diana.
Was she pregnant? By far the most outrageous or controversial rumour was that she could possibly have been
pregnant. Although I realise that this will shock many people, if it's true it could have given the secret services a motive to
eliminate her. If not true, then simply ignore it and put it down to another inaccurate, far-fetched rumour you read on the
internet. We are searching for the truth here - not a story which just happens to fit our preconceived idea of the world
around us. This will be discussed further in the motives section below.
The key witness - the surviving security guard. One survivor of the crash is in hospital in Paris. He could possibly hold
the key to what really happened. If it was merely an accident, he may be able to shed new light on what happened. If
however, it was a deliberate attempt to assassinate Diana, then he could well be under threat by the same assassins. He
must be protected, as no doubt someone will try to silence him if he is regarded a threat - so that he cannot talk.
12th Sep 1997 - The Drivers third blood test . What are the media/MI6 disinformation agents playing at? A third blood
test! Who are they trying to fool? Looks like they are starting to worry about the conspiracy theories gaining momentum.
For a start you can't take blood tests from someone who has been dead for thirteen days, so when was this supposed
3rd test done. If the sample was taken at the time of death, why has it taken 13 days to announce the results? Why didn't
they say "We've taken three blood samples, but you'll have to wait a couple of weeks for the results"? But no, oh no. At
the time of death no announcement is made of blood tests, then a couple of days later (as the conspiracy theories start
taking off) the first reports of alcohol come in, but are dismissed as 'something fishy going on' then nearly TWO WEEKS
later, announcement of a third and positive blood test. Extremely fishy, if you ask me.
The Motives? So, who could have done such a terrible thing? There is probably no shortage of possible suspects:-The
Land Mine Companies or other people with a vested financial interest in the land mines that Diana sought so vigilantly to
oppose and ban. This may not be a strong enough motive for murder, but who knows what would be at stake for some
people if a ban was to be implemented? The Government, or shadow government for Diana was increasingly becoming
involved in politics, and rattling a few cages on the way. Diana had recently criticised the previous government and their
policies. There are no doubt people who believed that royalty should be apart from and not involved with politics. Again,
not necessarily a motive for murder, unless there is some sinister 'hidden government' somewhere behind the scenes.
Oh no.... Sounds like more internet conspiracy, or is it?
Do your own research? Some people have rumoured there may be a free mason link. Again, this can give more ammo to
the people who claim you only read empty, half-baked conspiracy theories on the internet. However, before dismissing it
totally it may be worth doing a search for Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, CFR, Bohemia Grove or other related
Moving into other conspiracy theories here though. The British Secret Services ! Although we live in a 'free', democratic
society (or like to think we do) there are still those who oppose those people of other cultures, ideas, religions or ethnic
groups. If Diana loved and cared for Dodi, then that is all that should count. Not his background, religion or anything
else. If two people care for each other then who are we to judge whether that is right or wrong?However, the secret
services whose job it is to protect the monarchy may not like the scenario of a future "King's Mother" having muslim or
Arabic links - much less living abroad with him possibly eventually becoming Mother to their own child / children!