VIP paedophiles: Darren, Exaro and trial by twitter
The story of VIP paedophiles is sliding from the top of the news cycle. Today the Times, has more bad news for peado hunters:
A man who claimed to have been sexually abused as a child by a VIP paedophile ring now alleges he was manipulated and controlled by the news website which first reported his story. Known as Darren, the man has complained on social media about his treatment by the ExaroNews website as well as other media outlets and police.
The Daily Mirror has been tight with ExaroNews, reporting stories like this from January:
Westminster paedophile ring: Top Tory MP ‘murdered girl at vile orgy’ claims new witness…
We are calling the man Darren, although that is not his real name because he lives in hiding, fearing for his own life. He is the third alleged victim of the gang to come forward. Darren told us: “I would never have gone to those parties willingly. It was fear that led me to Dolphin Square.”
Now the Times notes:
Investigations into Darren’s claims that he was abused at the Dolphin Square apartment block in Westminster and in Suffolk were dropped last month when detectives concluded they were unsubstantiated.
Writing on Twitter, Darren maintained that all his allegations were true but said his treatment at the hands of the police and the media was “harrowing and abominable”. In messages directed to Exaro, he said: “Your behaviour lately towards me and others has been controlling and manipulative, wrong [and] morally reprehensible. There’s to be no more of it, no more controlling or manipulation”.
The Times also mentions Esther Baker, who “thinks she was taken to Dolphin Square by child abusers. Ms Baker said on social media in January that she had never ‘met a politician in my life’. However, in May she told police that a long-serving backbench MP was among a group of men who had abused her as a child in woods at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.”
Asked about the apparent discrepancy, Ms Baker said her tweet was a reference to never having met a politician nor MP in a professional capacity. She said she had explained herself fully during more than 80 hours of interviews with Staffordshire police.
What about the other side?
The politician accused by Ms Baker said that he expected to be interviewed under caution by police and would strenuously deny the allegations. He said that Exaro and “a small number” of Labour politicians were promoting lurid allegations against public figures without examining their credibility. “Just because someone is willing to make allegations publicly and on video does not mean that they have any element of truth. Proper police investigations take time,” he added.
Barrister Blogger wonders where this leaves Exaro, writing::
“Either Exaro actually has stumbled across the story of the century, or it has been muckraking on a grand scale, exploiting a possibly vulnerable ‘witness’ and exposing innocent people and their families to a grotesque and seemingly endless trial by internet.”
Are we any closer to the truth?
Such are the facts.