Defence MEMO of November 17th 1999

These cables and related reports are said by Harvie to be “extremely relevant” to our preparations.

The following memo was sent by Murdo Macleod to Richard S Keen on 17 November 1999.

It suggests that the defence teams may have been confused as to one timer’s identity and/or were misled by the Crown.  It states that DP/544 was label 427 rather than 438.

But the truly amazing part is that this memo reveals that Crown Office’s David Hardie had told Keen’s team to look carefully at the “CIA Senegal Cables”  and compare them to the evidence obtained from CIA Orkin* (assumed name) and FBI Thomas Thurman.

If only Harvie’s advice had been followed…

Richard Keen

Richard Keen

To:  RSK [Richard S. Keen]

From:  MAM [Murdo Macleod]

Subject: Timers

Date:  17 November 1999

I have spoken to John Dunn and David Harvie at Crown Office.  There are four timers to be produced as labelled productions:

420 (DP84)  – Togo timer retained by Americans

421 and 422 (DP100, DP111) – Samples provided by Bollier (presumably in response to letter of request 18.10.90).

427 (DP544) – Togo timer recovered by the French.

The timers recovered in Senegal were seen and photographed by two American agents: Warren Clemens (544), a photographer; and Kenneth Steiner (543), the Station Officer in Senegal.  The resulting photographs, together with photographs taken by the Senegalese authorities are contained in DP71, DE51  and DP127.  Steiner and Clemens had a limited opportunity to look at the timers in a Senegalese Government warehouse.

The Togo timers are spoken to by James Casey (449), James Owens (473) and Richard Sherrow (528).

With regard to the comparison of the various timers, Harvie suggested that this is a matter which we would be better exploring ourselves.

Off the record however, he stated that we might be interested in James Thurman (587) and John Scott Orkin (588).  Orkin in particular would be of interest to us.  Cables from Senegal to the US will feature as productions (copies will be sent to McGrigor Donald in the next day or two).  These cables and related reports are said by Harvie to be “extremely relevant” to our preparations.

Neither witness Arena nor production DP133 would appear to be included on the indictment.


I have asked Professor Black what he thought of this Memo. Here is his comment:

I am delighted to have my attention drawn to an instance of a member of the Crown Office’s Lockerbie team drawing to the attention of the defence material that might be of assistance to them, rather than concealing or disguising such material. It is, however, sad (and only too indicative of the normal Crown Office approach in this case) that the staff member who acted in this way felt that, for his own protection, he had to insist that his disclosure was “off the record”.

Those who know about the CIA cables from Malta and the Lord Boyd’s testimony about their content will appreciate every word.

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