…from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: This news is showing up very late after its death, obviously due to a coverup at the time. That could have been done to give authorities time to investigate if someone had bumped him off, or if it was a suicide, or it staged to look like one.
We will probably never know what the investigation really showed as British Intel has long had the last call in the publicity of anything it had done, even with one of it ex-operatives.
But we do have to ask “why know”. Was publishing this just to put a period at the end of the Le Mesurier story, not just his death but what many feel was running an aid NGO as an Intel front to funnel aid to militants in Syria against Assad and the Syrian people.
The bigger issue is that of immunity and sprinkling ex-Intel people into all of these aid agencies and then still wanting them to have immunity. It’s like the British wives who went to ISIS, ended up in the toilet after murdering hubby got killed, and now mom wants to come home to punish the British taxpayer by going on the dole with her kids forever, the welfare Jihad.
ISIS Daddy never gave a crap about anybody else’s rights. We have not hear of an ISIS wife suicide due to same of her husband being a mass murderer. I would consider them ‘aiders and abettors”. The kids, that is different. None of this is their fault, just like it is for Baron Trump… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … July 17, 2020 –
Le Mesurier, the now-deceased founder of the Mayday Rescue non-governmental organization overseeing the funding of the White Helmets organization in Syria, had acknowledged misuse of donor funds before death and offered to step down, Germany’s Volkskrant daily reported on Friday.
Le Mesurier was found dead in the garden of his house in Istanbul last November.
According to Volkskrant, claiming that it had obtained a letter written by Le Mesurier three days before his death, he confessed that Mayday Rescue managers had appropriated part of the money that donors allocated to the White Helmets.
This is something that a Dutch-led financial investigation sounded an alarm about last year after visiting Mayday Rescue’s office in Istanbul and finding fake receipts designed to conceal a missing $50,000.
Dutch accountancy firm SMK found a number of other related inconsistencies. For example, Mayday Rescue self-positioned as a non-profit, while having commercial branches in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Remuneration of some of the managers reportedly reached $26,000 a month, bonuses not included.
After Le Mesurier’s death, the donor countries — including Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, among others — carried out an accountancy inspection that found no embezzlement traces. The German newspaper pointed out that some of the transactions are impossible to trace so much back in time.
The inspection, which was not disclosed to the public, has reportedly concluded that Le Mesurier’s predeath confession of embezzlement was a result of a “misunderstanding.” Yet, the European donors have terminated their funding and the White Helmets should be expected to stop functioning in a few months, the newspaper said.
The White Helmets is a UK-registered non-governmental organization. It describes itself as a group of former bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and workers of other professions who volunteered to go to the “most dangerous place on earth” and protect local civilians from violence.
The group gained wide publicity after establishing a presence in Syria, where a civil war is in its tenth year now. While the White Helmets have been hailed in the West, Damascus has accused the group of propaganda and extremism.
Le Mesurier served in UK’s MI6 foreign intelligence service and worked through wars in the Balkans and Kosovo. Several researchers have accused him of having links to al-Qaeda*.