10 July 1991
According to a police memorandum from DC Entwistle to the SIO dated 15 July
1991, on 10 July Allen Feraday produced a copy of the CIA report on the Chad device
(prod 285 at trial) obtained from R Seaney, head of ECI Division. Feraday
apparently said Seaney was unable to find the similar document relating to the Togo
timer (prod 284) but 15 minutes later Seaney asked Feraday to his office and
produced a copy of that timer report. It appears from the memo that Seaney held
those reports and that his departmental electronics engineer, Jim Finlay, had access to
The memo states that Feraday said that “in the early days” Feraday had asked Finlay if he had any knowledge of timers/PCB of green variety which was answered
in the negative. Feraday felt that if the documents had been available to him at the
time it would have been possible to identify PT/35 and its “obvious source” some 14/15 months previous to the date of the memo. A document referred to in the memo suggested that the Chad device report had been sent to Seaney around 10 January 1986. This is a matter discussed with Mr Feraday at interview with the Commission (see appendix of witness interviews).
The memo also records that, based on the photos Thurman had showed Feraday on 22
June 1990, it was apparent that at that stage Thurman knew about the CIA’s Togo
timer report and presumably also the Chad device report which names MEBO.
The memo records that Feraday recalled studying the photo and attempting to read MEBO
on the device and that he discussed this point with Thurman and decided that it most
likely read MEBQ. Thurman made no comment yet was in possession “of the true
Again this was discussed with Feraday at interview with the Commission (see appendix of witness interviews).