Madeleine McCann Is An Election Issue As The Home Office Wades In
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Our Maddie is an election issue, the McCanns appeal for calm, the Portuguese police get blamed, and Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins And Yvone Albino remain “suspects“.
The Telegraph reports that the media’s Our Maddie’s mum and dad met Home Secretary Alan Johnson and then David Cameron. Cameron Conservatives of compassion hire Clarence Mitchell to be the Tories media watcher. Then Johnson’s Home Office launches a “secret review” into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
Our Maddie is an election issue. An innocent child is missing.
The source said: “The latest we have heard from the Home Office is officials are undertaking a ‘scoping exercise’ to look into the possibility of a review of the case.
They are looking at all the options. It is basically a feasibility study. Kate and Gerry met with Alan Johnson to request a review is done. Hopefully any political intervention can unlock obstructions that might be in the way.”
And what does it all mean?
The revelation that possible leads – many passed to Portuguese police by the McCanns’ own private detectives – had apparently been ignored will add to the clamour. Last week, details emerged of a series of possible sightings of Madeleine, who was just three when she vanished.
Having named names and printed the finger, reported on the “secret file”, listened to Clarence Mitchell describe the details as “golden”, we now learn that the media’s reports are upsetting to… No, not the ‘Suspects’ Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins And Yvone Albino. Well, not only to them. The file’s leak into the media has upset The McCanns.
They tell one and all:
* “Disclosing such information publicly greatly jeopardises the search for Madeleine and puts witnesses and innocent members of the general public at risk (as well as causing them great anxiety).
“Release and publication of information in this manner also potentially compromises future investigations. It is difficult to see how anyone benefits from this week’s actions.”
Well, yes. Although it does keep Our Maddie in the news. The question is who gave the media the names of “suspects” Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins And Yvone Albino? We don’t know.
The People clear up any doubt as to where the blame lies:
The parents of Madeleine McCann last night slammed cops in Portugal for releasing files on their daughter’s disappearance, branding the move “upsetting and incomprehensible… One was from New Zealand – but Portuguese detectives failed to ask for it to be followed up. Another claimed a blonde girl was dragged along the road to Faro airport – an hour’s drive from Praia da Luz – on the night Maddie disappeared.
Ok. Let’s move on… to The Mirror:
“Jane Blakie: I saw Madeleine McCann…but they ignored me”
Jane Blakie claimed a child who was the “spitting image” of the missing youngster had stared straight at her, adding the youngster had seemed to be saying: “Help me” with her eyes. The girl was said to be with a couple “strikingly similar” to an artist’s impression of a man and woman seen with a Madeleine lookalike in Amsterdam.
Mrs Blakie saw the child in July 2008 – 14 months after Madeleine vanished – at a campsite in Alsace, eastern France. She told police: “The girl just stood staring at me. The look in her eyes conveyed a feeling of ‘Help me’.”
So. You helped her, right?
Madeleine McCann is missing – still missing. There are no suspects. The parents are innocent…