MI5 FAX 31/08/90

In a recent post (LOCKERBIE: THE LONG ROAD TO MEBO ), I explained that:

“All the good scientific work on PT/35(b) – and the various parts cut from it – never led to anything connecting PT/35(b) and MEBO. The “link” between PT/35(b) and K1 (Togo timer) led to some investigations in TOGO and Senegal which again produced no link whatsoever to MEBO.”

I also pointed to the following statement of the SCCRC (8.147) report:

In a subsequent fax dated 31 August 1990 (classified document 997, see appendix of  protectively marked materials) reference is made to Mr Thurman having re-examined the timer and, although he thought it possible that the third character was a “B”, he doubted this. The fax also states that Mr Thurman was “clearly aware of Meister and Bollier and made a cryptic reference to the company already being of great interest to the investigation.”

“It is in this document that the suggestion is made to the police by a member of the Security Service that enquiries be carried out regarding MEBO.”

Here is the fax.


This fax needs a lot of explaining. The Chad device is of course at the heart of this story. Later, I will explain all this but for now I will just say that the last part of this fax  is highly significant.

“It could be damaging to our continuous liaison were we not able to lay the ground work for you before you go. To this end I have been asked [Redacted] if I could visit and brief our liaisons ahead of your visit. This I am happy to do, and would be willing to do at very short notice so as not to hold up your enquiry.”

Let us reflect on what this means exactly…