13 April 2009
Emails in Maddie hunt stay a secret
the tabloid Sun claims:
"EMAILS relating to the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann are to remain secret over fears they could offend the Portuguese authorities.
A request under the Freedom of Information Act asked for disclosure of emails and a letter sent between the British ambassador and Portuguese police in the weeks after Maddie vanished.
The Foreign Office initially released some information, but the rest was held back under a special exemption to protect international relations.
The anonymous applicant for more information appealed, arguing it was in the public interest.
But the Information Commissioner refused, saying disclosure could offend Portuguese authorities, harm the hunt for Maddie and cause “substantial” damage to international relations.
It is believed the request was rejected because some letters are critical of the investigation by Portuguese cops."
Related: McCann Case: Freedom of Information Act on John Buck former Ambassador
It was Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who were behind the instructions given to the UK ambassador, John Buck, and to the British consul, Bill Henderson (the two senior UK diplomats in Portugal at the time she disappeared), to make sure Gerry and Kate McCann were given all possible assistance.
FOI document here