Cables released from Wikileaks show that
British and Portuguese police cooperated in forming evidence against
McCann’s parents. The cables provide fresh insight into the
2007 investigation of the child’s disappearance.
The information was passed between British ambassador, Alexander Wykeham
Ellis, and US ambassador, Al Hoffman. The talks between both men were
Kate and Gerry McCann
were announced as
by Portuguese police.
In the confidential cable Hoffman said he received information from
Ellis about British involvement in the case. Ellis is reported as saying
British officers had developed evidence against the McCann parents. He
went on to say that both counties’ police forces were cooperating on the
The remarks by Ellis contradict the general belief at the time that
Portuguese police were responsible for suspecting the parents.
Meanwhile, founder of the whistle-blowing site, Julian Assange, has been
granted conditional bail from a London court. His bail is pending on an
appeal filed by prosecutors in Sweden.
The 39-year-old Australian is alleged of sexually assaulting two women
in Sweden earlier this year. He has denied all claims, stating they are
part of a politically motivated smear campaign.
Madeleine went missing in May 2007 from a Portuguese holiday
Her parents had left her there while they attended a social gathering
friends nearby. A British
dog was reported to have picked up the scent of a dead body
in the apartment.
Madeleine’s parents continue to pursue the search for their daughter.
They also cooperate with authorities from both countries when necessary.