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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 20:43

27 July 2008

The McCann couple took four hours to outline their strategy, went out for walks on request from the British photographers and escaped the Portuguese

Kate and Gerry McCann controlled the British media in the news coverage of their daughter's disappearance. In order to avoid criticism from the English press, Maddie's parents offered photoshoots, some of them during their usual morning walks in the Algarve – which were apparently routine, but previously arranged, as Kate's notes reveal.

"The British journalists were annoyed because they found out too late that I had been in the United Kingdom. It ended up with Justine receiving loads of phone calls and arranging for a photoshoot on the way to the church, to pacify them", Kate writes on the 5th of July, revealing a tactic that was adopted in the first days after the 3-year-old girl disappeared.

"Dress up and go for a walk. It had been requested by photographers and agreed that for sentimental reasons it would be good". This walk happened on the 7th of June, three days after Kate registered that she had been "annoyed" about the presence of Portuguese journalists outside the apartment. Before that, on the 19th of May, the photoshoot for the English newspaper 'Sunday Mirror' was previously arranged: "Us spending time with the twins for the Sunday papers".

In the same notes, Kate expresses distress about the Portuguese and the German journalists. On the 11th of June, in Morocco, after Kate made a positive evaluation of the trip because there were so many photographers present, the doctor remembers "noticing" Portuguese journalists. "We didn't want to give them a story", decided the McCanns, who classify the questions from the Portuguese as "sleazy and unexpected", even after preparation meetings that last "four hours": "I was very angry at a journalist today. I told her not to do so much detective work."

Concerning the editor of the 'Sun' newspaper, on the 11th of July Kate was assured that there would be no "adverse publicity": "She was really nice. Perfect solution", Maddie's mother noted.

Clarence replaced Justine when the tension rose

Clarence Mitchell was the first one to offer his face for the McCanns. He met Gerry on an occasion when the latter was returning from England, at the end of May 2007, at a time when he was part of the Consular Assistance Group, representing the Foreign Office. He took over the couple's defence on the 22nd of May, but returned to England in the mid-summer, when he was replaced by Justine McGuinness, who directed the campaign to search for Madeleine from the 22nd of June onwards.

The tensions between the McCanns and Justine were never evident. But the fact that she abandoned the couple's defence immediately after they were made arguidos and returned to England, remains unexplained.

Now, it becomes clear that the tension came from before. Justine and Gerry had already discussed the honoraries. The advisor wanted to receive overtime and demanded a payment that was above what had initially been agreed.

On the 28th of July, the tension between the family and the spokeswoman was obvious. Kate wrote in her notes that she [Justine] did not have good "interpersonal aptitudes" and that she could even be very "unpleasant". Kate remembered that there had been an argument between Justine and a relative and that Gerry had tried to calm them down. "It all ended well", Kate McCann concluded, but still seriously doubted the advisor's character.

Journalists far away from the house

The McCanns' first days in England were subject to intense media attention. They allowed themselves to be photographed with their children again, after they had agreed exclusives with televisions and newspapers to cover the return.

Days later, Clarence Mitchell opted for another strategy. He agreed with the English journalists that those would never persecute the McCanns again. In exchange, the couple's spokesman would supply fortuitous meetings, and in case the journalists would fail their compromise, he would exclude them from his contact list.

Everyone accepted. When in March CM [Correio da Manha] tried to speak to the McCanns without going through Clarence Mitchell, we were intercepted by the police. The couple demanded that Portuguese journalists be forbidden from getting close to their house, and their neighbours were advised not to speak.


http://www.gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk/press/17-July8/CORREIO_DA_MANHA1_27_07_2008.htm

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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  maebee on Sun 20 Nov - 23:23

"I told her not to do so much detective work."

Says a lot! Our Kate doesn't like detectives. Well tough Kate, you will be meeting Detective Amaral very soon.




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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  dutchclogs on Mon 21 Nov - 4:51

maebee wrote:"I told her not to do so much detective work."

Says a lot! Our Kate doesn't like detectives. Well tough Kate, you will be meeting Detective Amaral very soon.




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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  Karen on Mon 21 Nov - 10:25

and G,McCann will be shopping for loo paper today, - imagine this idiot at the Leveson Enquiry on Wednesday - testifying, scratch ear blink blink stratch neck blink blink, eyes cast down blink, scratch ear blink blink!

This was a VERY BAD move on Gerrys' and the Pink Ponce's part but nice on ours, G needs some pratice for his upcoming court case in Feb, lets all sit back and watch the idiot make a bigger fool of himself, (if thats possible). I am almost certain Pink Poncie stated G and K were not hacked, - cannot find the link.

Tyring desperately to take a couple of hours off work, and its my birthday Wednesday - so yeah looking forward to the "performance" hope G is praticing "behind the scenes"


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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  ann_chovey on Mon 21 Nov - 10:56

Karen wrote:and G,McCann will be shopping for loo paper today, - imagine this idiot at the Leveson Enquiry on Wednesday - testifying, scratch ear blink blink stratch neck blink blink, eyes cast down blink, scratch ear blink blink!

This was a VERY BAD move on Gerrys' and the Pink Ponce's part but nice on ours, G needs some pratice for his upcoming court case in Feb, lets all sit back and watch the idiot make a bigger fool of himself, (if thats possible). I am almost certain Pink Poncie stated G and K were not hacked, - cannot find the link.

Tyring desperately to take a couple of hours off work, and its my birthday Wednesday - so yeah looking forward to the "performance" hope G is praticing "behind the scenes"


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8620301/McCann-spokesman-confirms-talks-with-phone-hacking-officers.html
The former BBC journalist, who became spokesman for the McCann family back in 2007, confirmed that the phone records of both Gerry and Kate McCann were also checked for any dubious activity.

Mr Mitchell confirmed: "The results came back to say that in both their cases there were no obvious signs of suspicious activity on their accounts."

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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  margaret on Mon 21 Nov - 11:10

I bet Justine McGuiness could tell a few stories.

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Re: Lets Pose for the Press!!

Post  pennylane on Mon 21 Nov - 12:08

margaret wrote:I bet Justine McGuiness could tell a few stories.

Yep, and I suspect there are quite a few in this position outside the tapasnik circle! Which is probably why they're so desperate to get an 'on the record' white wash from NSY. They fear eventually someone's going to spill some embarrassing stories about their so called 'search' and bring the suspicion/spotlight right back on their doorstep. The Mc's will then be able to arrogantly claim 'Scotland Yard has corroborated their story, and he/she with the big mouth is just trying to make money off of Mandoline.'

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