“I also received information regarding an unauthenticated claim made by a Belgian pilot, “Beukels”, to Claude de Kemoularia in 1967 that Beukels shot down or otherwise forced SE-BDY to crash. In the course of my work, I was for the first time given access to the originals of De Kemoularia’s agendas, as well as many of his personal records, which appear to verify his meeting with “Beukels” and other mercenaries in 1967. I also reviewed De Kemoularia’s letters showing that he had gone to the French and Swedish authorities regarding Beukels’s claim much earlier than previously understood. However, without further information, I was not able to verify other aspects of the claim, including, most notably, the identity of Beukels.”
Mohamed Chande Othman — UN Report A/71/1042
“It is unthinkable that there are no transcripts [of the intercepted messages] in the US archives and perhaps also in the UK archives. I suspect that there is so far undisclosed and highly pertinent information in the transcripts. When the US authorities replied to the Hammarskjöld Commission’s very precise request for transcripts, they said that they had ‘documents responsive to your request’ but claimed that they were secret. “The time is now long overdue – more than 50 years after this tragic event – for the US and the UK to conduct a complete review of records in their custody – including in particular still-classified records – and make them available to the United Nations.”
Lord Lea of Crondall — (Letter to the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson)
November 14 2017 — Pressure is building on the British and American governments to respond to claims that they possess secret/classified information regarding the mysterious death of former UN secretary Dag Hammarskjold. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (December 18 2018) — In a progress report on his investigation, Mohamed Chande Othman said fresh information had surfaced in the past year that could cast light on the crash.
“In his report , the judge said the UK and South Africa had been entirely unhelpful.
Both governments ignored a UN general assembly resolution calling for the appointment of “an independent and high-ranking official to conduct a dedicated internal review of their intelligence, security and defence archives” for relevant information.
In an earlier progress report, Othman found that the US and UK governments had intercepted radio traffic in the area and suggested the 57-year mystery could be solved if transcripts of those recordings were produced.
The US has appointed an official to work with Othman’s investigation but has yet to hand over intelligence files on the crash. (Guardian)
END of UPDATE
November 14 2017 — Last month, a UN report into the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in 1961 found that there was a “significant amount of evidence” that the Albertina DC6 in which the Swedish diplomat was flying had been brought down in a forest near the city of Ndola in northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, by another aircraft.
Now Lord Lea of Crondall, chairman of the trustees who established the Hammarskjöld Commission – which was instrumental in persuading the UN to reinvestigate the death – has written to the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, saying that, in light of the UN’s report, the UK and US government must now state publicly whether or not they are in possession of the intercepts.
“I suspect that there is so far undisclosed and highly pertinent information in the transcripts. When the US authorities replied to the Hammarskjöld Commission’s very precise request for transcripts, they said that they had ‘documents responsive to your request’ but claimed that they were secret.”
“The time is now long overdue – more than 50 years after this tragic event – for the US and the UK to conduct a complete review of records in their custody – including in particular still-classified records – and make them available to the United Nations.” [GUARDIAN]
A former Belgian pilot known only as Beukels has claimed that he accidentally shot down the Albertina in an attempt to divert it from Ndola to another airport.
A very credible source told INTEL TODAY that Jan Van Risseghem was the Belgian mercenary responsible for the death of Dag Hammarskjold.
IMPORTANT NOTE — It is fully established that the US IC does indeed possess information regarding the mysterious death — should we call it assassination? — of former UN secretary Dag Hammarskjold. But — so far — they have refused to release this information under the pretext of National Security.
Beneath the Lies of “National Security”
James Jesus Angleton, head of CIA counterintelligence for three decades, once explained to Paul Craig Roberts that “Intelligence Agencies create stories inside stories, each with its carefully constructed trail of evidence, in order to create false trails as diversions.”
Such painstaking work can serve a variety of purposes. It can be used to embarrass or discredit an innocent person or organization that has an unhelpful position on an important issue and is in the way of an agenda.
According to Paul Craig Roberts:
“It can be used as a red herring to draw attention away from a failing explanation of an event by producing an alternative false explanation.
I forget what Angleton called them, but the strategy is to have within a false story other stories that are there but withheld because of ‘national security’ or ‘politically sensitive issues’ or some such.
Then if the official story gets into trouble, the backup story can be released in order to deflect attention into a new false story or to support the original story.
Angleton said that intelligence services protect their necessary misdeeds by burying the misdeed in competing explanations.”
In his Memoir “The Pigeon Tunnel”, John le Carré (AKA David Cornwell) describes James Jesus Angleton as a “delusional alcoholic”.
UPDATE (November 14 2018) — On this day in 1960, Belgium threatened to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo. Today, it is hard to believe. But it is a strong reminder that things were really out of control at the time. Less than a year later, Hammarskjöld (29 July 1905 – 18 September 1961) was dead. (At the time of his death, Hammarskjöld was attempting to unite Congo and stop the province of Katanga seceding. Mining firms feared their concessions would be jeopardized if Katanga gained independence.)
No new information has been reported over the last 12 months. The UN is rather quiet regarding the investigation and I am not aware of any significant breakthrough.
Pressure is slowly building on the Belgian, British and American governments to respond to claims that they possess classified information regarding the mysterious death of former UN secretary Dag Hammarskjold.
In a recent piece, Torben Gülstorff makes the point that a Dornier DO-28A — delivered at the end of August 1961 — might be the plane that was used in a night-time air-to-air attack on UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld on 18 September 1961. This work summarizes very well the historical background of the event.
Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen — a retired colonel in the Israel Defense Forces — has just penned an excellent article regarding this affair.
Like most experts, the author believes that Hammarskjöld’s death was almost certainly the result of a sinister intervention. But Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen suggests that Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser should be added to the list of the top suspects: the former colonial powers in the region (Belgium, Britain, and France) and the rival superpowers of the cold war.
Ambassador Mathias Mossberg has been appointed as Inquiry Chair to ensure that all relevant information in Swedish archives reach the UN investigation. Ambassador Mossberg is expected to submit his report in autumn 2018.
UPDATE (December 5 2018) — UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New information has been received that could shed light on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to then newly independent Congo, the U.N. legal chief said Monday (Dec 4 2018).
Miguel de Serpa Soares told the General Assembly that a preliminary review of the information — from intelligence, security and defense archives and other sources — showed it could add to knowledge about “the context and surrounding events of 1961.”
He said it could also add to knowledge about “the presence of foreign paramilitary and intelligence personnel in and around the Congo, and the capacity of armed forces present in and around the region at that time.”
Serpa Soares noted that Othman asked nine countries — Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States — to appoint “an independent and high-ranking official to conduct a dedicated internal review of their intelligence, security and defense archives to identify information that may be of relevance to the Dag Hammarskjold investigation.”
He said seven countries took action following the request 11 months ago and new information was received from some officials as well as from other sources. There was no response from South Africa and the United Kingdom, he said.
In recent months, Serpa Soares said, Othman asked the African nations of Angola, Congo, Portugal, Zambia and Zimbabwe to appoint senior officials for similar reviews and has already received notification of appointments by Congo and Zimbabwe.
Serpa Soares stressed that “the active participation of member states remains of the highest importance in our shared search for the truth in this matter.”
Findings on Dag Hammarskjöld’s death & other topics – Daily Briefing (25 October 2017)
Britain and US urged to release papers on Dag Hammarskjöld’s death
Britain and US Urged to Release Papers on Dag Hammarskjöld’s Death [UPDATE]
Britain and US Urged to Release Papers on Dag Hammarskjöld Death [UPDATE – II]