1. Troyhand said:

    The Press and the People: … Annual Report of the Press Council, Volume 26
    Press Council, 1982
    [Page 112]

    Spy’s complaint not upheld

    A complaint by convicted spy Geoffrey Prime that the News Of The World made false allegations against him and declined to correct them was rejected.

    Alex Marunchak had said Mr Prime, jailed for 38 years, was originally arrested for sexual offences against young girls. He had made many espionage contacts through a child-sex network in Britain and America. Police feared he may have used these to blackmail prominent people in all walks of life.

    Using the alias Jacques DuGay he had joined NAMBLA. a North American association closely linked with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in Britain. US police confirmed he contacted other perverts through NAMBLA and may have blackmailed top people into supplying information. Security chiefs feared the KGB would continue blackmailing his contacts.

    Mr Prime’s solicitors told the editor it was untrue that Mr Prime belonged to or had contact with NAMBLA or PIE, that he blackmailed people or gave the KGB information for blackmailing, that he had espionage contacts, and that he ever used the name Jacques DuGay. They asked for a published retraction.

    Mr Henry Douglas, legal manager, replied that following a tip-off by a Scotland Yard contact the News Of The World spoke to other police in Los Angeles and New Jersey and learnt that after police raids on NAMBLA members’ homes Mr Prime’s name and alias were very familiar to them in a list of UK paedophiles. The newspaper carefully checked with British police sources and would not publish a retraction.

    Adjudication: The News Of The World has told the complainant’s solicitors and the Press Council of the steps it took to verify with American and British sources the allegations it published about the complainant Mr Geoffrey Prime, following his conviction. In the Press Council’s view the newspaper did as much research as it could before publishing its detailed story. Despite their view that the allegations about Mr Prime were fanciful and inconsistent with the known facts, his solicitors have failed to satisfy the Press Council that the allegations were false. The complaint against the News Of The World is, therefore, not upheld. (U9823-1983).










  2. Troyhand said:

    Annual Report of the Press Council, Volumes 29-31
    Press Council, 1982/1983

    [Page 113]

    Attorney General’s complaint upheld

    The Sun produced no evidence for its allegation that at the trial of the spy Geoffrey Prime the attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, held back mention of the accused man’s involvement with a child-sex organisation to avoid embarrassing security chiefs, Council said when upholding Sir Michael’s complaint that the editor refused to withdraw this false allegation and declared that the editor should either have substantiated or withdrawn it.

    Brian Dixon had reported that Prime’s perverse obsession with little girls, which laid him open to blackmail, was not discovered by the security services. Papers found at his home showed he belonged to a child-sex organisation, Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), but no evidence about the find was given at his Old Bailey trial. US spymasters were furious and could not understand how British vetters did not discover Prime’s peculiarities. They were convinced the Attorney General did not mention the involvement with PIE to save embarrassing British security chiefs.

    For the Attorney General, Mr J. Nursaw, complained to the editor, Mr Kelvin MacKenzie, that Sir Michael knew of no evidence connecting Mr Prime with PIE, and the Director of Public Prosecutions had assured him police found none. The Attorney General sought a prominent correction as soon as possible. Mr MacKensie replied that Mr Dixon stood by every word. His source was a senior police officer. One of the magazines found at Mr Prime’s home was sold only to PIE members. He would not run a correction but would write to Sir Michael.

    Adjudication: The Sun’s story about the background of the spy Geoffrey Prime was written by a reporter of long experience and high reputation, Mr Brian Dixon. He has provided the Council with a detailed statement of what proved to be true – background information about Mr Prime which he gathered from a long established but unnamed contact. Mr Dixon has said that the contact also told him police found two Paedophile Information Exchange magazines at Mr Prime’s home. The magazines were later mentioned to the reporter by a senior London police officer, also unnamed, and another anonymous police contact said the Americans had expected Mr Prime’s involvement with a child-sex cult to come out at his trial.










  3. Troyhand said:

    New York Times – December 28, 1982
    NEW YORK; Not Getting Involved

    We have been reminded again that there are people who witness crimes and don’t report them – even crimes against little children. It is impossible to sympathize with the criminals, and it is almost as hard to forgive these guilty witnesses their harmful silence.

    Chester Jones, a Manhattan cab driver, tells us now that he picked up 6-year-old Etan Patz and his apparent abductor very close to Etan’s SoHo apartment on the morning three and a half years ago that the boy disappeared on his way to school.

    Mr. Jones – who has suddenly come forward with his story, after years of anguish for the Patz family – says of his failure to do then what he knew was right: ”I had problems of my own. I didn’t want to get involved.”

    Mr. Jones clearly knew something bad was happening in his cab. A man of about 30 with yellowish hair got into his cab with the little boy, never gave him a destination, just told him to drive north. ”After we were driving a little while, though,” says Mr. Jones now, in one of several interviews he has offered the press, ”the kid started to scream, saying that they weren’t going the right way to his school.”

    At that point the adult passenger told Mr. Jones to pull over, and the man and boy got out of the cab and walked away. Mr. Jones was so rattled by what he had heard that he didn’t even try to collect the fare. And yet he couldn’t bring himself to go to a telephone and call the police – not even anonymously.

    We are happy to have Mr. Jones’s story now, for Etan is believed to be alive and any clue is invaluable. But Mr. Jones – who says that when he saw Etan’s picture again in a newspaper last week, he ”decided to go ahead and do my bit” – is no civic hero. Let us not blur the fact that his information, given at the time the kidnapping occurred, might have brought the 6-year-old back to his family immediately.

    And how many other Mr. Joneses exist right now out there who were witnesses? Did other cabbies pick up the man and boy in Manhattan in 1979?

    And if Etan, who would now be 10, has been drawn underground, as is suspected, into a homosexual organization known as the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), he could have been moved clandestinely by now to any city or town in the country. He could even be going to school, living a life carefully arranged by his adult male ”friends.”

    Is there a teacher who has noticed the striking resemblance between this 10-year-old, who presumably bears a new name, and the photographs of 6-year-old Etan which accompanied the newspaper stories that circulated widely at the time of his abduction – a teacher who is not quite sure and therefore doesn’t want ”to get involved”? Are there neighbors in this unknown place who should be coming forward? And are there homosexual members of NAMBLA, an organization that says it does not condone kidnapping, who have seen Etan and are, criminally, remaining silent?

    It was a police raid earlier this month on a house in Wareham, Mass., believed used by NAMBLA members – a raid in search of other missing boys -that turned up the photograph of a boy of about 10 who looks so much like Etan. A story in The Daily News last week about the photo was the spur that awakened Mr. Jones’s conscience.

    And what is this organization called NAMBLA? It is a group that views sexual relations between a man and a boy as a victimless act, one in which the young boys are willing participants. The literature and thousands of photographs confiscated in the Massachusetts raid suggest that, whatever the size of its membership, it may be well organized – with a detailed information network and catalogues of available boys. NAMBLA literature mentions no barriers as to the ages of the boys.

    Three men were arrested in that Massachusetts house. One of them is apparently a leading figure in NAMBLA – David Groat, 28 years old – who describes himself in the group’s fund-raising letters as NAMBLA’s Emergency Defense Coordinator.

    What was Mr. Groat doing with the picture that so mirrors Etan? He has refused to cooperate with the police. He is presently being held in a Massachusetts jail on two charges – indecent assault and battery and attempted rape -involving young boys found in the house. Since Mr. Groat refused to help find Etan, perhaps someone should lose the key to his cell forever.

    NAMBLA defines itself, in Mr. Groat’s literature, as ”an organization founded in response to the extreme oppression of men and boys involved in consensual sexual and other relationships.” NAMBLA’s stated goal is to end this ”oppression” by ”building a support network for such men and boys (and) educating the public on the benevolent nature of man/boy love.”

    Does this support network include kidnapping 6-year-olds? In the name of what twisted idea of sexual freedom can anyone justify as ”benevolent” the criminal taking of a first-grade boy from his parents?

    Since the link of NAMBLA with Etan Patz can only add, unfairly, to the burdens of decent homosexuals – who are as numerous in their community as decent heterosexuals are in theirs – it would be helpful if responsible homosexual organizations spoke out loudly now against this aberrant group.

    But the story of Etan Patz is not a problem that affects just one group in our society. It is a problem for all of those among us who don’t want to get involved.


    Etan Kalil Patz (October 9, 1972 – declared legally dead in 2001) was an American child who was six years old when he disappeared in Lower Manhattan, New York City, on May 25, 1979. He is the most famous missing child of New York City. His disappearance helped spark the missing children’s movement, including new legislation and various methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk-carton campaigns of the mid-1980s. Etan was the first ever missing child to be pictured on the side of a milk carton.

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