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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 17:29    Post subject: Michael Shrimpton Reply with quote

Some of you on the conspiracy beat will have come across this character before -- a practising barrister who claims all sorts of intelligence contacts and relationships. He's all over the internet (partic on youtube) making all manner of extravagant claims.

Personally, I've had him pegged as one of those 'semi-detached' spooks who are used to channel genuine information and disinformation as the occasion demands. How much he believes of what he says has always remained a mystery, however.

Until now.

Transpires that he phoned in a prior warning of a planned nuclear incident to be executed by al-Qaeda at the 2012 London Olympics.

Now he's being prosecuted for hoaxing a bomb warning. Case is up later this month or early next (as of mid-Oct 2014). As a barrister, he's chosen to represent himself. Which is his prerogative.

This all seems straightforward enough, right?

Here is his defence statement in full.

It is advisable to make sure you are seated comfortably while reading, and this is not solely due to the length of the document.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read up to para 26. His claims regarding his background in intelligence matters should be verifiable easily enough. But some his claims of conspiracies appear on the surface level to be deranged. Even if nuclear weapons casings were sent to South Africa, why would a Conservative Party HQ official accompany them?

I'll read the rest later.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

This 'nukes disappearing in transit' story has been doing the rounds for a couple of years. I first heard it when I wrote a story related to the death of Dr David Kelly. I was suddenly the recipient of repeat phone calls and emails from a senior gentleman (you know how you can tell when someone's 60+ by the timbre of their voice) with a long and complicated yarn about how Kelly was mixed up in this missing nukes business, and how one of South Africa's "decommissioned" nukes had actually been the nuke that NK tested a few years back and Tony Blair was involved and it was a poisoned chalice that he'd passed to Gordon Brown, and this was the real reason behind the dropping of the SFO investigation into the al-Yamama deal and so on and so forth until it made your head go round.

He sounded quite sane, but his story was so enormous and complex that in the end I decided that it was almost uninvestigatable (if that's a word) and gradually 'dropped out of touch' with him. (I later spoke to Norman Baker MP on the matter and he had also been the recipient of this guy's attention: He dismissed the guy as "a one trick pony").

Evidently, he's found some receptive people since then (around 2007) because various versions of the story can be found all across the internet, repeated as literal truth. None of them are quite as baroque as the tale-teller's version, but that I suspect is because it's bloody well-nigh incomprehensible.

Funny thing is, I forget his name. Might have been another Michael*. ISTR that his emails came from a domain called 'forgemaster', whether dot co dot uk or dot com I don't recall.

TLDR: There's another spinner of wild yarns out there and bits of Shrimpton's story appear to dovetail with his.

EDIT: * = Michael something, surname now on tip of my tongue: Laithewaite? Lethbridge? Something along these lines.


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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramonmercado wrote:
I've read up to para 26. His claims regarding his background in intelligence matters should be verifiable easily enough. But some his claims of conspiracies appear on the surface level to be deranged. Even if nuclear weapons casings were sent to South Africa, why would a Conservative Party HQ official accompany them?

I'll read the rest later.


Just a 'teaser' to make sure you do return to the document: Madeleine McCann makes a special guest appearance.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
ramonmercado wrote:
I've read up to para 26. His claims regarding his background in intelligence matters should be verifiable easily enough. But some his claims of conspiracies appear on the surface level to be deranged. Even if nuclear weapons casings were sent to South Africa, why would a Conservative Party HQ official accompany them?

I'll read the rest later.


Just a 'teaser' to make sure you do return to the document: Madeleine McCann makes a special guest appearance.


She was already mentioned by that stage.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a 'mental map' of his statement, so I'm disappointed you've already reached that bit of his story. Perhaps we ought to post a 'spoiler' warning?
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PostPosted: 15-10-2014 18:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
I don't have a 'mental map' of his statement, so I'm disappointed you've already reached that bit of his story. Perhaps we ought to post a 'spoiler' warning?


I don't think we have given anything away regarding that case.
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PostPosted: 20-10-2014 23:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

The court case commences!

Numerous eyebrow-raising titbits from the very first par onward. Not least of which is the fact that he is not being prosecuted for hoaxing a bomb warning at all. Oh no, indeed not.

I hope the paper follows this case, rather than just reporting the prosecution case and (after a looong gap) the verdict, as most papers seem to do nowadays.

(EDIT: Since posting, it has become clear that the above is a misreading of a very unusual legal situation; see below for clarification).


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PostPosted: 21-10-2014 00:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange that he is accused of possession of indecent images and appears to be claiming they were planted by an intelligence agency, wasn't that a plot-line in an episode of Judge John Deed?

He is either Walter Mitty with bells on or a genuine loose cannon.
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PostPosted: 21-10-2014 11:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to know more about his theory concerning the Titanic.
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PostPosted: 21-10-2014 11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too!

If his claims are true, why plant evidence that doesn't appear to have got him prison time, why not just off him?
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PostPosted: 21-10-2014 11:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
I want to know more about his theory concerning the Titanic.


The Special Branch sabotaged it in an attempt to put the blame on the Fenians.
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PostPosted: 21-10-2014 12:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

This blog post* is interesting reading, and so are the comments beneath. If the name "Anthony Bennett" rings any faint bells, he was Shrimpton's client in one of the 'Metric Martyrs' cases, in which Bennett (also a practising lawyer!) was prosecuted for interfering with road signs giving distances in metric. (Bennett was acquitted but not, it would appear, because of Shrimpton's defence skills).

Ramon, although there's no word on the Titanic in the above, you will be gratified to learn that Shrimpton believes the great Potato Famine was caused by Prussian biological warfare.

* = "aangirfan" is often an interesting and provocative read, but the author seems to have some underlying extreme-right beliefs that are never quite made explicit (for example, often bringing people's Jewishness into discussion when it doesn't seem entirely relevant).
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PostPosted: 10-11-2014 22:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Developments.

Prosecution opens in Shrimpton "bomb hoax" trial. He doesn't actually use the exact words "Walter Mitty" but ...

... and a clarification is in order. Upthread, there was some confusion about what it is that Mr Shrimpton is being tried for.

Turns out that he is appealing against a child porn conviction (in Aylesbury Crown Court) while simultaneously being prosecuted on the bomb hoaxing charge (in Southwark Crown Court).

A man of undoubted energy, he is representing himself in both courts and since the two charges were related (the porn was discovered when he was nicked for the hoax) he might well be trying to use one court to overturn the other.

This bodes well (from a reader's perspective, at least).
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