Richard Norton-Taylor and Dr Kevin Bannon on the ‘reasons of national security’ behind the end of an investigation into a man arrested over the murder
Your report (Suspect in Yvonne Fletcher murder freed after national security worries, 17 May) raises a serious unanswered question: what were the “reasons of national security” that meant “key material” was not made available to the police for use in court “in evidential form”?
The answer could lie in a number of unchallenged reports that, a day before Fletcher was shot, GCHQ intercepted a prior warning of a possible attack on demonstrators outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London. A message from the Bureau to Tripoli included the option: “To fire on them from within the Bureau”. This is reported in Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers, by the former MI5 officer Annie Machon; in GCHQ, The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency, by Richard Aldrich; and in Christopher Andrew’s official history of MI5, The Defence of the Realm. GCHQ’s intelligence was not passed on to the Metropolitan police or MI5 until after the shooting.
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