VANISHED: Madeleine McCann.
KATE and Gerry McCann have reacted angrily to revelations by WikiLeaks
that alleged British police had been helping to build a case against
them over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
In a statement on their Find Madeleine website, they said: “The
WikiLeaks ‘news’ this week has led to the repetition of many unfounded
smears. This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to
compound our suffering and hamper our efforts, including the very person
who was entrusted with finding our daughter.”
The couple are locked in a bitter civil dispute with former Portuguese
police chief Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in his book, Maddie: The
Truth Of The Lie.
Earlier this year the McCanns met Home Secretary Theresa May and were
hoping to persuade her to order a review of all the known evidence but
the attempt was unsuccessful.
Their statement adds: “Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do
nothing are also complicit in this injustice.
“Madeleine is the person who suffers most from all of this injustice. It
is that fact alone which causes us the most distress. It is absolutely
Last week newspapers published information from WikiLeaks about a
meeting between US ambassador to Portugal Al Hoffman and the British
ambassador Alexander Wykeham Ellis in September 2007, four months after
Madeleine disappeared from an Algarve holiday apartment. In a diplomatic
cable the US ambassador reported: “Without delving into the details of
the case, Ellis admitted the British police had developed the current
evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities
from both countries were working cooperatively.”