Another 80,000 euro myth bites the dust


I follow some people on Twitter and came across this tweet in my time line.

Which was posted in reply to this tweet

The article they refer to is this from Martin Brunt’s blog.

The cost of a Madeleine interview Sky News

By Martin Brunt
May 06, 2009 1:27 PM

If you were wondering why there was no interview with former Algarve police chief Goncalo Amaral in our recent Madeleine coverage, here’s why.

His agent emailed us: “Since he left Policia Judiciaria his main concern is to reveal to the general public the facts (which) occured during the investigation.”

Then he wrote: “He will be available, but will charge a fee of 80.000 euros VAT.”

Yeah, we wondered if he meant 80 euros, too.

We didn’t wonder for long.

Nem pensar, Jose!

So the tweeter replied stating that GA never mentioned the amount…


The amount was mentioned in a blog article by Redquare who had interviewed Goncalo Amaral about the contents of this private email and the costs being charged.  (screenshot)

Gonçalo Amaral: The truth about the charges
Nigel Moore
Friday 08 May 2009 10:08 AM

Two days ago, Martin Brunt, Sky News Crime Correspondent, decided to use his blog to reveal the contents of an email Sky News had received from Gonçalo Amaral’s agent.

The private email stated that it would cost 80,000 euros to facilitate an interview with the former PJ co-ordinator.

With unsurprising relish, Jerry Lawton, of The Daily Star, has today regurgitated the information contained in Mr Brunt’s blog into a full-blown article.

Speaking exclusively to today, Gonçalo Amaral revealed the reasoning behind the decision.

He said: “I want you to know that I made the decision to get paid for any interview given to any British media, but that doesn’t apply to anywhere else in the world.

“Its quite simple. I have given so many “free” interviews to the British media that were never published. They were censored and thrown to the trash. Next time they do it, I’m sure they will think twice about the money they pay.”

Only this week, in Amsterdam – to launch the Dutch version of ‘the Truth of the Lie’ – Gonçalo Amaral and Sofia Leal gave their time freely to members of the public and press. In a ‘question and answer’ session, scheduled for 30 minutes, they stayed for 1 and a half hours discussing the case.

Mr Brunt, who has published details from a private email, and Mr Lawton, who, like so many Britsh journalists, is unable to write the name of Gonçalo Amaral without prefacing it with ‘axed’, ‘disgraced’ or ‘shamed’, need to question what they are doing to help find the truth about what happened to Madeleine. And how much arethey getting paid for doing it?

Clarence Mitchell raged in The Daily Star: “It is scandalous that anyone should seek to make money out of Madeleine’s abduction.”

But should a man currently taking wages from Madeleine’s Fund – which, let’s not forget, draws from the pocket-money and savings of children and pensioners and was donated in good faith to search for Madeleine – really be adopting such a high moral tone?

And why do the McCanns even need a PR person? Can they no longer speak for themselves outside of a scripted TV studio or film set?

And, as Columbo would say, one final thing…

This interview with Gonçalo Amaral didn’t cost one penny. Or euro.

Notice the amount mentioned in that interview.. so when discussing and getting comments from Goncalo Amaral surely they discussed the amount.. and if the amount was incorrect surely Goncalo Amaral would have stated that he never asked for that much… or denied his agent ever sending that email or the emails contents.. but he NEVER.

So the above does rather back up what Michael Wright said in the witness box at the Lisbon Trial,  doesn’t it?

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