MADELEINE McCANN'S parents have told of their
heartache as they face a fourth Christmas without
their missing daughter and blasted WikiLeaks
"smears" for compounding their hurt.
The controversial website released a diplomatic
cable from 2007 which suggested that British police
played an active role in helping the Portuguese cops
build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann over
Madeleine's disappearance in May that year.
The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves has
said the cable was probably refering to the use of
They were sent to examine the family's holiday flat,
hire car and other things weeks later and before the
couple were made official suspects.
But the McCanns said the WikiLeaks release "has led
to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and
smears both in the UK and in Portugal in
Writing on their website, the couple said: "This has
been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish
to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts.
"Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do
nothing are also complicit in this injustice.
"Without the love and help from so many good people
around the world we would not be able to find the
strength to continue the fight to find our daughter.
"This month marks our fourth Christmas without
"We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is,
she is safe and well and whoever may be with her is
treating her with the love and respect she so
"We would like to thank all our supporters for
staying at our side in spite of the injustices that
we continue to be subjected to.
"Madeleine is the person who suffers most from all
of this injustice. It is this fact alone which
causes us the most distress. It is absolutely
"Thank you to all those who have signed our petition
calling on the UK and Portuguese governments to
conduct an independent review of Madeleine's case.
"The petition is still ongoing. If you haven't
signed and would like to further the search for
Madeleine, please sign our online petition or sign a
paper petition form.
"Along with our family, we would like to thank
everyone who has sent us Christmas cards, letters,
donations and gifts at this difficult time of year.
"It is impossible to find enough positive words to
describe such kindness or the hugely important and
heart-warming effect it has on us.
"Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from
her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in
southern Portugal on May 3, 2007, while her parents
dined with friends nearby.