Detectives at Scotland yard investigating the death of Princess Diana did uncover an assassination plot by an MI6 officer.
The sensational admission is buried in the report by Lord Stevens.
Yet it is the first time anyone in the service has formally said that he believes it does have a James Bond-style licence to kill.
The astonishing admission will trigger questions in Parliament about whether MI6 has an unofficial policy of proposing state-sponsored assassinations.
As part of Lord Stevens’s Â£4million Operation Paget investigation, detectives examined claims by former MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson that the Secret Service had considered killing Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in 1992 by causing a car crash with a high-powered strobe light.
One witness questioned about Diana’s death mentioned a “bright white flash”? in the Alma underpass. Tomlinson, 44, has accused MI6 of being involved in the death, using a method similar to that in the alleged Milosevic plot.
He was sacked from MI6 in 1995 and jailed for breaching the Official Secrets Act in 1997 after publishing details of MI6 operations. On his release in 1998 Tomlinson published explosive memoirs, to the fury of his former bosses.
Lord Stevens’s report discloses that detectives went to MI6 to check out his claims.
They found no evidence of a plot to kill Milosevic but they did uncover an assassination plot against another extremist leader in the Balkans who has not been named.
A file was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service, which ruled that no action should be taken against the individual who proposed a state-sponsored murder.
Lord Stevens discloses on page 762 of his report that his officers interviewed MI6 personnel who had worked in the Balkans section of the service in 1992/1993.
They found that a middle-ranking officer had proposed drawing up a contingency plan to kill the extremist leader if he became more powerful.
“The memorandum did not contain detailed means of carrying out the proposal, nor any of the alleged similarities to the crash in Paris,”? writes Lord Stevens.
“The officer’s line managers, who regarded the suggestion as totally unacceptable as the service would not countenance assassination in any circumstances, immediately rejected the memorandum. The line managers ordered the memorandum and any copies of it to be destroyed.
“Richard Tomlinson was shown this memorandum by the officer before it was destroyed.
“The SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) officer who wrote the memorandum has provided a full statement to Operation Paget.
“Other SIS officers who … saw the document provide evidence that supports the account of the author in terms of reaction within the line of command.
“There was no reference to a car accident. The officer did not have the skills or knowledge to suggest detailed operations.”?
Lord Stevens does not name the officer or say if any disciplinary action was taken but members of the Intelligence and Security Committee are expected to ask MI6 chief Sir John Scarlett to explain why the officer felt he could call for an assassination.
Tomlinson told the Scotland Yard detectives that he had undergone training with strobe lighting.
“The SIS has stated that the use of strobe lights for anything similar has never formed part of their training,”? writes Lord Stevens. “The primary basis for the “˜bright white flash’ in the Alma underpass stems from a French witness, Francois Levistre, who claimed to have seen a bright light at the point of impact of the crash.
“This was in the rear-view mirror of his car while he was driving through the underpass ahead of the Mercedes.
“There were inconsistencies in Francois Levistre’s account that were in clear conflict with that of his fellow car occupant, his wife. The French authorities have discounted his version of events.”?
Speaking to the Sunday Express from his home in the south of France, Tomlinson was furious with the way his evidence appeared in in Lord Stevens’s report. He said last night: “The report put words in my mouth that I never used. I gave them detailed information about the Milosevic plan for an assassination.
“They told me in a subsequent interview they had checked and found the document outlining the plan exactly where I said it was.
“They confirmed it was accurate. However, in the Stevens report it is claimed I admitted that the plan did not refer to Milosevic but to someone else. This is a crude attempt by the intelligence service to cover up the truth.”?
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