The distinguished German journalist, Bo Adam, has a letter in today's Scotland on Sunday commenting on Marcello Mega's article in the newspaper on 1st June (referred to on this blog under the heading "Yet more on the mystery document" on the same date). Mr Adam's letter reads:
'The latest revelation on the Lockerbie bomb timer seems to be more confusing than helpful (News, June 1). The news that the Mebo timers were supplied to countries other than Libya tells us nothing. It would, of course, be of some interest to know what other countries where in possession of such timers but only if you really can link a country to some terrorists like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).
The suggestion that a Mebo timer was used by the PFLP-GC group in Neuss, Germany, would go against all common knowledge. The Neuss group is said by the German police to have used a different mechanism.
Let us assume that the secret document originates from German investigators. What could it contain?
1. The allegations by an Iranian defector. Why should they be secret?
2. Evidence about the Neuss group of the PFLP-GC. Their activities have already been dealt with in public, including the possible connection to Lockerbie. So why should that part be secret?
3. Additional findings concerning the Mebo timers and other details? Why top-secret?
Further on your article states that either the top-secret document contains evidence that "knocks down" some "pillars of the Crown's case" or in itself doesn't clear Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi and doesn't prove anyone else was responsible (another source).
I would join Jim Swire in his fears that, while watching the dispute about the top-secret document, we are witnessing an attempt to derail a new screening of the Lockerbie trial.'