The Togo timers: The Mystery of the Dead Batteries

The attempted coup in Togo occurred on 23/09/1986. (If your memory is fuzzy, check our timeline and our preliminary investigation of this event.)

Richard Sherrow (BATF) left Washington DC on 27 September 1986 for Lomé (Capital of Togo) at the request of the U.S. Department of State. Sherrow was accompanied by Edward Owen (BATF) and James Casey (Dept. of State). Of course, the readers of this blog have learned that a fourth person joined them. His identity is unknown, but his/her employer was the CIA.

MST-13 Timer from Togo: K1

MST-13 Timer from Togo: K1

In his FD302, Sherrow stated that:

Batteries were in place on both timers. The connecting wires had been soldered to the posts. (…) Both batteries were considerably drained.

Now according to the CIA report (see page 9), the battery (a DURACELL 6V 7K67) was rated 500 mAH. And the current consumption of the device while counting (@5.5V) is about 0.4 mA.

The FBI report signed by Thomas Thurman also mentions 0.4 mA but I suspect that the author merely copied the CIA report.

Therefore, according to the CIA report, the battery should last up to about 1250 hours, that is more than fifty days.

Thus, I fail to understand why the batteries were exhausted considering that BATF Richard Sherrow allegedly recovered these timers just a few days after the attempted coup.

 

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One Response to The Togo timers: The Mystery of the Dead Batteries

  1. Craig says:

    Concerns regarding the Togo event and Sherrow information;

    FBI – FD 302 Interview Sherrow re 1986 Togo incident, interview transcript dated 24/08/1990
    https://pt35b.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/sherrow-fd302.pdf

    If we take a step back and review Sherrow FD 302 interview, statements etc there is a significant amount of information also very detailed information in some areas noted and listed.
    There are also significant omissions not mentioned such as the CIA representative who was part of the 4 man team to visit Togo.
    Who knows if this omission is attributed to Sherrow or the FBI official who formatted Sherrow FD 302 interview transcript ?
    Given the level of detail contained in the interview transcript, it would be surprising Sherrow completely forgot there was also a CIA representative present on the trip.

    1. FD 302 states Sherrow was contacted with regard to his trip to Lome, Togo during October 1986.
    Picture the scene of this enquiry and interview, we also have to keep in mind Sherrow has retained Togo 1986 itemised photographs for his own ‘personal collection’.
    This is confirmed by Sherrow during subsequent Scottish police interview by DC Bell at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington DC 17/08/1999, but the photographs handed over in 1999 and used as productions do not evident any photographs from Togo 1986, only photographs from BATF headquarters.

    See Sherrow Statement S 5757;
    https://pt35b.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/s5757.pdf

    Clearly, Sherrow has photographs from Togo 1986 which he has either kept for his own personal collection or has singularly shared with ‘a n other’ but one thing is for sure, these photographs have never seen the light of day or been provided to anyone or any other organisation outside of the US.
    In my view, the reason why is whatever photographs Sherrow retained and possibly still retains will bear no resemblance to the case and/or the official line of enquiry.
    Sherrow is an experienced operator, knowledgeable, sharp of mind.
    He knew almost immediately in Togo that he and his colleagues were being led a merry dance.
    He knew the circumstances and the parade of items & materials did not add up but were manipulated or added too.
    It was a set-up.
    It was a staged event to either draw others in or put it in the CIA insurance folder to realise later.

    1a. In 1995, Richard Sherrow attended senate congressional hearings under oath with regard to the Waco event and it’s fair to say he was both questioning and critical of the combined US government agency’s response and explanation.
    Sherrow also completed a report which was used in subsequent legal proceedings against the same noted government agencies.

    In an answer to a question at US senate congressional hearing in 1995, Sherrow [under oath] stated in 1993 [Waco] he was on ‘administrative leave’ from BATF and was in no way involved with Waco or the outcome.

    See Youtube Waco investigation day 8, part 2;
    At 2:20:00 – Questons to Richard Sherrow;

    “Were you serving with the Bureau in February 1993” ?
    “No sir I was not”
    “So so what period of time did you serve with the Bureau” ?
    “I was on ehh leave, administrative leave ehh that time period in 1993”.

    Sherrow statement of ‘administrative leave’ in 1993 [Waco] is a direct contradiction to what is stated within Sherrow S 5757 statement;
    “I left the Bureau in 1991 and had served in the Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms arena for approximately six years”.
    https://pt35b.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/s5757.pdf

    This is a serious issue regarding a professional individual appearing in the witness box at the Lockerbie trial.
    Either Sherrow mislead the US Senate congressional hearings in 1995 or mislead and provided inaccurate information to DC Bell, 17/08/1999

    In any event, Sherrow circumstance and either ‘administrative leave’ the reasons therein or paid leave or removal from the BATF, together with his personal photographic collection should be a matter of investigation.

    To be continued/
    There are numerous other anomalies with Sherrow FD 302 statement.

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