I have on a couple of previous occasions blogged about Mitchell and his "Operational Reasons," the new euphemism for bullshit, lies and deceit. But the subject has recently come up again elsewhere on the net, so I have gathered a few together. I don't doubt there many more examples to be found, but there are sufficient here for purpose.
Why Mitchell, you may ask, the answer is simple enough I suppose?
Having watched and listened to this reptile spew his lies and spin the most ridiculous nonsense thought possible for the last three years, lies and nonsense so inane, so absurd that they would embarrass a stone plinth, nobody has said a word.
Not one word uttered by anybody, not one. Every organisation charged with upholding the law, with decency and morality, and believe me the morality does matter; those organisations, along with every news agency, the BBC included, has never said a word as this abomination played out before our eyes.
Well I am, and I shall continue to do so, you will not walk away from this untarnished. It's now just two years gone since I put you on notice, and it is as applicable today as it was then.
When the day comes that the McCanns are stood in the dock, and they will be, if only for fraud; when that day comes you will be stood with them, if I have to find you personally and drag you there by the ear; you will be stood with them.
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Operational ReasonsMitchell's version of Judicial Secrecy, something to hide behind, just like you know who.
November 25 2007
Murat urges Madeleine McCann's family to stop smears
A source close to the McCanns said the couple have not and never would speak publicly about Mr Murat or anyone else being investigated.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCann's official spokesman said: “We continue to work closely with Metodo 3 and collectively are always careful about what detail enters the public domain for operational reasons.” Telegraph
Kate McCann: My suspicions over Murat's alibi on the night Madeleine vanished The setting up of Robert Murat.
Dec 14 2007
Madeleine McCann "could be home by Christmas"
The private detective being paid by Kate and Gerry McCann to find their daughter has claimed he knows who took Madeleine and that he could have her back with her family before Christmas.
Francisco Marco, the director general of Metodo 3, indicated that they were closing in on the four-year-old’s abductor and preparing to hand over their “evidence” to police.
Mr Marco also told the Spanish newspaper Metro that the girl, who was snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May, might never have left Portugal.
He said: “We have proof of her movements after her kidnap and we know she was alive the day after her disappearance. We are not certain she left Portugal.
“I talk of certainties because we know which group may have her or could have kidnapped her to then sell her on to others.”
The detective added: “We know who kidnapped her.
“We believe she is in an area not very far from the Iberian peninsula and north Africa. And we have a fairly certain idea who she is with.
“I cannot say who she is with because we are putting together conclusive proof we can present to the authorities so they can proceed with their arrests.”
He also said: “God willing, I hope that she will be back with her parents before Christmas.”
Mr Marco admitted he had no proof Madeleine was not dead but said he had to believe “100%” that she was because he only knew how to look for people who were still alive.
He told Metro: “One of the things that makes us believe Madeleine is alive is that every day, she’s worth more to them. It’s obviously not a kidnap carried out by professionals for economic reasons.
“A professional kidnapper would have done something by now. He would have given her back or left her.”
He also dismissed allegations that the McCanns could have been involved in Madeleine’s disappearance, saying you only had to spend five minutes with them to know they were innocent.
The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchellsaid last night that the family was “pleased” the agency was so confident about ultimately finding Madeleine.
He said: “Metodo Three, the private detective agency we are employing to help find Madeleine, retains our full confidence.
“They are continuing to work very hard on all the information that continues to come up. New leads are being pursued all the time.
“Clearly we will not discuss the details of those leads for sensitive operational reasons but we are pleased the agency is confident is that they will find Madeleine in due course.”
The Spanish-based detective agency was hired by Madeleine’s parents to carry out a parallel investigation to the police probe into her apparent abduction.
Mr Marco, who heads up a 40-strong team, vowed to find the missing girl within five months.
The McCanns were dining with friends when Madeleine went missing from their holiday apartment shortly before her fourth birthday in Praia da Luz on May 3.
They were named formal suspects in the case in September but have repeatedly denied any involvement in her disappearance and rejected suggestions they could have killed her accidentally.
Spotty Man enters stage left, looking for someone to love according to Dave Edgar, well he would wouldn't he? Spotty man, not Edgar
May 21 2009
Last night the McCann family’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Mr Edgar was following a “potentially vital” new lead.
He said: “For operational purposes I cannot say where Mr Edgar and his team are exactly, but they are following up a very encouraging lead.” Star
Raymond Hewlett's turn.
May 22 2009
" The investigators searching for Madeleine are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Hewlett and these claims. Hewlett is an individual of interest to the investigation.
" Beyond that I cannot go into any further operational detail." The alarm was raised about Hewlett by Alan and Cindy Thompson (We found Bin Laden's cave) who met him while on an extended holiday in Portugal. Mirror
May 28 2009
The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Investigators continue to follow up four to five credible leads but for operational reasons I cannot divulge any details.” Star
Aug 6 2009
Mr Mitchell would not reveal what she said for operational reasons, but said it was "potentially significant" to the little girl's disappearance. Sky
7 August 2009
Mr Mitchell said the source of the information had been "checked out" and stressed there were "good operational reasons" for not disclosing exact details of the evidence.
"We specifically have not revealed the contents of the conversation this woman had with the new witness for good operational reasons," he said. independent
Edgar seems to have caught it now, mind you there's a lot of it going round.
7 August 2009
The private detective leading the search for Maddie, ex-cop Dave Edgar, refused to reveal the contents of the pair's two-minute conversation "for operational reasons". Sun
If you have never read this account of the Barcelona debacle in full, treat yourself. I can't decide which is the funnier of the two, Edgar's antics or Mitchell's pathetic attempts to spin them.
16 August 2009
So why did Madeleine McCann detectives ask so few questions after major breakthrough?
Last night the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: ‘The private investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance is being conducted entirely professionally and thoroughly under the direction of Dave Edgar.
‘Upon receipt of the new witness information, two members of the investigative team travelled to Barcelona to conduct preliminary inquiries during a brief initial visit.
‘This included identifying the exact marina where the witness had been and all relevant locations within it. At that stage, the precise bar involved had not been identified by the witness. Nevertheless, inquiries were conducted at a number of bars, with staff members being interviewed.
‘However, not all of the bars were open during the investigators’ visit. Because of the transient nature of bar work, it was also found that many of the workers who were spoken to were not present at the marina in May 2007.
'Other relevant personnel in the area were also interviewed, although we will not
discuss the detail of who was spoken to for operational reasons.
‘The information, once gathered, including photographs, was brought back to the UK for witness confirmation. Both British and Portuguese police were kept fully informed of the investigators’ visit to Spain.
‘The news conference was then held for the simple reason that public assistance was needed once the e-fit had been drawn up from the witness account. The public appeal does not preclude further enquiries being conducted in Barcelona as appropriate.’
He declined to say how much the private detectives were being paid, adding: ‘We will not discuss contractual matters concerning the investigation costs nor the investigator remuneration.’ the wail
And of course the latest nonsense three years on.
May 26 2010
Clarence Mitchell, a spokesperson for Gerry and Kate McCann, tells PEOPLE, "Yes, we are aware of Mr. Moreira's account. People from the private investigation have spoken with him and are continuing to liaise with him. We will not go into further detail for operational reasons. But he has done the right thing in coming forward." the people
May 26 2010
"I cannot go into any further detail for operational reasons. He has done absolutely the right thing in coming forward with his information despite it being so long after the event." Guardian
And the result of all these operations?
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These below were considered for, but didn't make the post, so having gathered them, I'll post them. I suppose I should one day, gather up all those of Mitchell and post a dedicated gallery. Dedicated to what I wouldn't know.
In no particular order, perhaps save the last one.