latest WikiLeaks cables reveal that British police helped "develop"
Madeleine McCann's parents after their
Britain's ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Wykeham Ellis, reportedly
made the claim to his American counterpart on September 21, 2007 – two
weeks after Portuguese police named
Kate McCann as suspects.
In a diplomatic cable marked confidential, the US ambassador reported:
"Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the
British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann
parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were
who blame the McCanns may leap on this as new evidence that it wasn't
just the Portuguse authorities who suspected the coulpe. However, it was
well known at the time that British police contributed to the
investigation. We provided the
cadaver dog to search the
Our Forensic Science Service provided the scientific evidence which led
to the arrests and the subsequent speculation.
much later when the FSS report was released, among all the other police
documents, that we could read for ourselves that scientists had advised
the Portuguse police that the forensic evidence was inconclusive.
McCanns remained under suspicion until July 2008 when Portuguese police
shelved the inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance.
for the McCanns dismissed the leak as an "historic note" and said the
Portuguese had since made it clear there was no evidence to implicate