Excerpts – Richard Tomlinson

Richard Tomlinson

Tomlinson, ex-Cambridge University and MIT, was a high-flyer in MI6 and was not amused with the behaviour he was expected to countenance, purportedly in the name of the people. A former parachutist and radio operator in the TA’s 21 SAS and 23 SAS, he joined MI6 in 1991 and was honoured as the best recruit on his course in training. He served in Sarajevo and Iran, but was then summarily sacked in 1995, with no reason for his dismissal and no access to a union representative. As a result of this deplorable treatment at the hands of his former colleagues, he wrote a book about his time in MI6, “The Big Breach”, and was promptly charged under the Official Secrets Act. He was sent to prison in December 1997, serving six months of a twelve-month sentence.

This was particularly useful timing since Tomlinson, having already tried to give evidence to Judge Stephan, the man in charge of Diana’s murder ‘investigation’, was intending to return to France and try again but was prevented through incarceration. Particularly disturbing are the comments of Tomlinson’s trial judge about his imprisonment being in the ‘public interest’ – it would be interesting to know just whose “interests” his Honour was referring to.

But another nasty event with remarkably coincidental timing occurred. Tomlinson was booked to return to Geneva on Swissair flight 111 on 2nd September 1998 after his “Today” interview but, because of the intervention by American Custom officials at JFK airport, on the orders of the CIA, he was returned sooner on another flight.

When Swissair flight 111 departed New York it developed an in-flight fire on take-off and diverted to Canadian airspace where the plane crashed, killing all 229 passengers and crew (including 137 Americans). The Black Box that aircraft carry for such horrendous disasters was unable to give the recorded information for the last six minutes of the flight; apparently due to an electrical failure during that precise period. I cannot make further comment about this issue.

Tomlinson described a two-page document seen while working with Witness ‘A’ detailing three alternative plans to assassinate President Milosevic. The first proposed method was to use a Serb paramilitary group (the most ‘deniable’ method); the second involved using ‘The Increment’ to kill him using a bomb or sniper ambush. Finally, the third method was to use a strobe light to blind Milosevic’s chauffeur as he passed through a motorway tunnel in Geneva. The central pillars of that tunnel were also described as being essential to increase the probability of death.

Witness ‘A’ was extremely ambitious according to Tomlinson; he was the deputy head of the Balkan target team and ‘unlikely to submit ideas that would jeopardise his promotional aspirations.’ When ready to submit his proposal, he bypassed his immediate boss ‘H’ and went straight to ‘E’, head of the controllerate, believing he would receive a more favourable response. This he did, as ‘E’ told him to put his plan on paper. ‘A’ ‘clearly intended this proposal should be taken seriously’, as Tomlinson stated (Higher officials in MI6 (E in this case) were supportive and clearly carrying out their normal duties by accepting this proposal).

‘A’ was asked how he envisaged his plan should work. Had he considered using Serb dissidents in Switzerland to assassinate Slobodan Milosevic on one of his visits to Geneva, or was he considering military options? ‘A’ now admitted: ‘Military options’ thus confirming Tomlinson’s previous description for the Milosevic attack (Since military options were to be considered, and they were clearly not considering an invasion of Serbia, what other than SAS/SBS troops could possibly be used. This action must be covert otherwise there would be no deniability if caught so I suggest this is an inadvertent description of the Increment that most certainly exists – I have been personally assured, from a reliable source, that it does).