“It will be Necessary to find some way of pulling Hammarskjold up short.”
UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (September 13 1961)
“Hammarskjöld was at the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said ‘when they killed him’.”
US President Harry Truman (September 19 1961)
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Tanzania’s former chief justice Mohamed Chande Othman to lead the new investigation into the circumstances of Dag Hammarskjold’s suspicious death. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
On 18 September 1961, the Ndola United Nations DC-6 crashed, killing Dag Hammarskjöld — the second Secretary-General of the United Nations — and 15 others died. Hammarskjöld’s death occurred en route to cease-fire negotiations.
A British-run commission of inquiry blamed the crash in 1961 on pilot error. A later UN investigation rubber-stamped its findings. Case close? Not so fast…
Last December (December 23 2016), the UN General Assembly passed a resolution reaffirming its
“responsibility to pursue the full truth concerning the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him”.
The resolution recognises “that a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts of the matter” and requests that the secretary general “appoint an eminent person to review the potential new information, including that which may be available from member states, to assess its probative value and to determine the scope that any further inquiry or investigation should take”.
The UN resolution urges:
“all member states to release any relevant records in their possession” and “to ensure that any relevant records related to the death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him that remain classified, more than 50 years after the fact, are declassified or otherwise made available for review.”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Tanzania’s former chief justice Mohamed Chande Othman to lead the review which former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called for in August 2016 and the General Assembly requested in a resolution adopted on December 23 2016.
In July 2015, an independent panel reviewing new information about the crash concluded that the United States and Britain have retained some classified files, and that South Africa had not responded to several requests for information.
In August 2016, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Britain had again refused to release classified material in response to U.N. requests for information. He said that:
“responses from the United States and Belgium didn’t alter the panel’s conclusion that the possibility of an aerial attack or interference should be pursued.”
Ban’s note included a letter dated July 1, 2016 from South Africa’s U.N. Mission saying the government fully supports the U.N. investigation.
“The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has directed that a search be undertaken for any documents, records or information.”
The panel had cited documents from the South African Institute for Maritime Research that refer to “Operation Celeste”, purportedly to “remove” Hammarskjold with cooperation from then U.S. CIA director Allen Dulles. The panel was not able to conclude whether the documents were authentic.
The new investigation could be explosive… I have long suspected that Crypto AG had entered into a close relationship with the NSA and that some of their machines were rigged to allowed the US Agency to easily ‘decrypt’ the coded messages. These claims were vindicated by US government documents declassified in 2015.
Related Post: Blast From The Past: The NSA – CRYPTO AG Sting
According to Sixten Svensson (Brother- in- law of Crypto AG Founder Boris Hagelin), the machine used by Hammarskjöld during his visit to Congo was one of the rigged machine. [Svensson got this information directly from Boris Hagelin.] So the CIA, the NSA and the CGHQ were able to read his communications in real – time. (This information will not be published before 2033.)
Hammarskjold’s Death Shocks The World (1961)