Yesterday news broke in CdeM about an Inspector in the PJ being blackmailed by a model who is apparently a man posting as a model.
One of the PJ inspectors who investigated the Maddie case was the victim of a trap on the Internet. The inspector Ricardo Paiva [the McCanns’ liaison officer during the investigation] spoke on Facebook with a woman who introduced herself as an American model, but the talks eventually ended up in the possession of the English media. The inspector was blackmailed, so these conversations were not made public, and now is facing a disciplinary process concerning the breach of civil servant duty. The fake profile on Facebook may have been created by someone connected to the McCanns’ cause.
The PJ’s directorate already opened an inquest to the inspector: “An English newspaper is in possession of photos and cell phone messages from a PJ inspector and a North America woman”. In that material, the inspector in question identifies himself in that capacity [as an element of the PJ of Portimão] and says that he worked on the Madeleine McCann case. These two facts led to the opening of a disciplinary proceeding as soon as they were communicated to the PJ, confirmed a source from the PJ National Directorate.
As CM was able to find out, those conversations took place soon after the inspector made a comment in a McCann support group in the internet [Facebook]. After this, the inspector believes his computer was the target of an hacking attempt and even admits that some hacker has accessed illegitimately to his personal data.
Another hypothesis is that the profile is false and does not even belong to a woman. The photos that were sent may have been taken from the internet. In those conversations, the inspector has allegedly sent photographs of himself – one of them taken inside the premises of Portimão police.
The Sun last night broke the story and said:
It is claimed he begged the woman — a blonde model — to send him a photo and allegedly replied with an obscene image of himself.
Last night his Polícia Judiciária force confirmed it was investigating and had seized his computer. A source said: “They are checking the possibility Paiva’s Facebook page has been hacked.”
Inspector Paiva is also alleged to have leaked details of the bungled first police probe into Madeleine’s disappearance to the model.
It is obvious by some of the comments appearing on Facebook and elsewhere that some people think the McCann family are behind this. Seriously think about why would they be? What would they hope to achieve? Why would they risk their liberty and most of all the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter? They simply wouldn’t.
Thinking about this logically the only conclusions I can come up with, at the moment, are these:
- This is some person who is trying to make it look like the McCanns or the supporters of the McCanns are behind this.
- This is someone who proclaims to be a supporter of the McCanns who really did not think things through and who really should have known better, and has done absolutely nothing other than harm the search for Madeleine.
- This is a journalist who is trying to get an exclusive (which I doubt not after Leveson).
- This could even be the Polícia Judiciária themselves, after hearing the evidence at Leveson trying to find out who was leaking information to the PT Press during the initial investigation under Goncalo Amaral and the press have got hold of it and twisted the story.
- This is a person who wants to hog the limelight and doesn’t care what implications their actions have on the search for Madeleine.
All I will say about this, is one thing, this has done nothing for the search for Madeleine and whoever is behind this really does need to come clean and apologise to the McCann family for causing harm to the search of their daughter.
Madeleine doesn’t need this and neither do the McCanns. And whoever is playing games on the internet really needs to wise up to the fact that this isn’t about them or anyone else, this happens to be about about finding a missing child.
If it emerges this story is true and Ricardo Paiva did reveal details of the investigation, then I don’t have no sympathy for him, first and foremost he was a Police Officer and should have known full well what he could and could not say. If he allowed himself to be put into a position of blackmail then he only has himself to blame. He could have gone straight to the PJ and told them he had been a flaming idiot and exactly what has happened. Ricardo Paiva is big enough and old enough to know better.
Because at the moment the serious question I am asking is this; if someone did try to even find out if the PJ were leaking things and did target Ricardo Paiva, then instead of going to the Press and plastering it all over the papers, why didn’t they go to Scotland Yard with the evidence and let the PJ conduct a review into the matter away from the press’ eyes instead of running to the Press?
Seriously whoever is behind this, how did they think it was helping find Madeleine McCann?