2 October 1990
According to the CP of FBI agent Richard Marquise, a meeting took place between
security agencies to resolve “political difficulties” about the enquiries that were being
made in Switzerland, and at the end of the meeting the CIA agreed to “back off” the
See further detail in chapter 8 of the statement of reasons.
Here is the relevant part of Marquise’s CP:
I first found out about PT/35(b)
in January of 1990 at a Scottish Conference on the
Lockerbie Air Disaster. At that time, the Scottish
Police were to make efforts to identify the
manufacturer of the printed circuit board. I heard
nothing more until June of 1990, when it became
apparent that the Scottish Police had not been
successful in identifying the manufacturer.
I believe that a photograph of the fragment was given
to Special Agent Thomas Thurman in June of 1990,
although I was not present when this occurred. As I
understand the position, within a couple of days, Mr
Thurman got a match for the fragment, having
checked with the records of the Central Intelligence
I was not present when the Scottish Authorities
brought the Fragment of Printed Circuit Board (PT35(B))
to Washington for comparison with a timer
which Special Agent Tom Thurman had obtained
for comparison purposes. I am aware that,
following this comparison, enquiries progressed
regarding the 3 manufacturers of the timing device.
By my recollection, we did not establish that the
timing device was manufactured by the firm MEBO
in Zurich, Switzerland until August of 1990. I can
no longer recall where this information came from.
The first official contact with the firm MEBO in
Zurich by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was
by a Legat, Robert Fanning, stationed in Vienna.
The first formal contacts took place at Protocol
Hearings in Zurich in November of 1990. As far as
I am aware, there were no joint Federal Bureau of
Investigation/Central Intelligence Agency meetings
with the witness Bollier at any time.
From approximately August of 1990 until early
October 1990, there were certain difficulties with
the security services from both Britain and America,
as regards their enquiries in Switzerland. There
were political difficulties between the countries
involved in the investigations and, more
importantly, political differences between the
agencies within each country. Eventually, it
became necessary to hold a meeting to discuss these
matters. with the Central Intelligence Agency.
I believe that this meeting took place on 2 October
1990. Following the meeting, the agency “backed
off” the enquiry.