£25,000 Reward Withdrawn 514

On Friday we withdrew the award offer, which had not been taken up. To be honest I was 99.9999% sure it would not be, and we don’t have £25,000. It was a rhetorical device trying to drive home to people the crucial importance of Geoff Aberdein’s evidence, which proves that Sturgeon knew of the allegations not days but at least three weeks before she said she knew, and that she knowingly lied to parliament.

Sturgeon compounded that lie by a further lie to parliament. When knowledge of Geoff Aberdein’s meeting with her on 29 March 2018 in Holyrood became public, Sturgeon tried to cover up by a now really elaborate lie about how that meeting was spontaneous after he had just called into parliament to meet somebody else. In fact Aberdein’s testimony – with witnesses cited – shows the meeting with Sturgeon was pre-arranged weeks before, specifically to discuss the allegations against Salmond.

So what lie will Nicola now use at the committee on Wednesday? The only lie I can see available to her is that her Chief of Staff knew of the allegations for weeks without telling her, and even set up meetings for Sturgeon to discuss the allegations, without telling Sturgeon about the allegations. That would be a lie, and it seems to me so wildly improbable that I don’t see how even such despicable creatures as Alasdair Allan and Maureen Watt could possibly claim to believe it.

The Sunday Times now has the Aberdein evidence and has fairly grasped its significance. This is a classic example of mainstream media catching up with a major story which I broke, in detail, a year ago.

I should say that I am really depressed by the astonishing output of Sturgeon loyalists on twitter stating “there is no evidence” as a mantra, when plainly there is a mountain of evidence, and overwhelming evidence that still more has been deceitfully hidden by the Scottish government with the collusion of the Crown Office, and of SNP committee members.


This website is offering a reward of £25,000 cash to help a public spirited whistleblower to come forward and reveal a copy of Geoff Aberdein’s evidence to the Sturgeon Inquiry, which the Committee of Crooks has refused to publish, accept or consider, because it categorically proves that Sturgeon lied to Parliament.

You work in the Crown Office. Did you really do all that studying and jump through all those hoops so you could aid and abet your ultra corrupt bosses in the fundamental suppression of both justice and democracy in Scotland? Did you never have any ideals of, at least, basic honesty when you started to work for the prosecutorial service?

Or you work for the Scottish Parliament. Did you never have a spring in your step at the thought you were enabling the democratic expression of the Scottish nation? As opposed to assisting the withholding of crucial information from both Parliament and from the Scottish people? Do you really want to be a part of making your parliament the most corrupted institution in Europe?

Set the truth free. Get to sleep easy at night again. Look your grandchildren in the eye one day when you advise them to live as honest people. As a whistleblower myself, I assure you there is life after whistleblowing, and our small reward will help you mitigate the risks or ease the transition to a more honest career. Release the testimony of Geoff Aberdein. You can reach me via the contact button top right.

Having published Alex Salmond’s redacted evidence yesterday, the Holyrood Parliament then redacted heavily a key part of it – the Submission on the Ministerial Code – and republished it in this redacted form. This has caused Alex Salmond to refuse to appear before the Committee. The point is that he would not be permitted to give evidence that touches on the redacted parts, and nor would any other witness. The committee would not be allowed in its final report to include information on the redacted parts.

Why does this matter? Because the redacted parts are nothing whatsoever to do with identification of Salmond’s false accusers (the corrupt Crown Office and SNP MSP’s excuse for blocking publication), but in truth are all about showing that Sturgeon lied to Parliament about when she first knew of the allegations against Salmond.

This is very easy proven, simply by publishing this now officially redacted submission in full, with the redactions outlined in bold.

Submission by Alex Salmond – Phase 4 – Ministerial Code


1. This is a submission to the Parliamentary Committee under Phase Four of the Inquiry. This submission is compliant with all legal obligations under the committee’s approach to evidence handling and takes full account of the Opinion of Lady Dorrian in the High Court as published on 16th February 2021.

All WhatsApp messages between myself and the First Minister referred to in this submission, have previously been provided to the Parliamentary Committee by the First Minister and published by the Committee.

The Terms of Reference

2. Mr Hamilton, the independent adviser on the Ministerial Code, wrote to me on 8th September, 29th October, 16th November, 4th and 19th December. I replied on 6th and 17th October, 23rd November and 23rd December. I finally agreed under some protest to make a written submission.

The reason for my concern was that the remit drawn up for Mr Hamilton focuses on whether the First Minister intervened in a civil service process. As I have pointed out to Mr Hamilton, I know of no provisions in the Ministerial Code which makes it improper for a First Minister to so intervene.

3. To the contrary, intervention by the First Minister in an apparently unlawful process (subsequently confirmed by the Court of Session) would not constitute a breach precisely because the First Minister is under a duty in clause 2.30 of the Ministerial Code to avoid such illegality on the part of the Government she leads.

4. Further, to suggest intervention was a breach would be to ignore and contradict the express reliance of the procedure on the position of the First Minister as the leader of the party to which the former minister was a member in order to administer some unspecified sanction.

5. It will accordingly be a significant surprise if any breach of the Ministerial Code is found when the terms of reference have been tightly drafted by the
Deputy First Minister to focus on that aspect of the First Minister’s conduct.

6. By contrast, I have information which suggests other related breaches of the Ministerial Code which should properly be examined by Mr Hamilton. I have
asked that he undertake that investigation. I have drawn his attention to the apparent parliamentary assurance from the First Minister on 29th October 2020 that there was no restriction on Mr Hamilton preventing him from doing so.

7. Mr Hamilton has failed to give me a clear response as to whether these related matters relevant to the Ministerial Code, but outwith the specific remit, are going to be considered. However, in his letter of 4th December he did indicate that he was inclined to the view that such matters could be considered and will take into account arguments for their inclusion. Since that time I understand members of the Committee have received further assurances. It is on that basis I make this submission.

8. In doing so, I would note that it does not serve the public interest if the independent process of examination of the Ministerial Code (which I introduced as First Minister) is predetermined, or seen to be predetermined, by a restrictive remit given by the Deputy First Minister.

9. A restricted investigation would not achieve its purpose of genuine independent determination and would undermine confidence in what has been a useful innovation in public accountability.

10. I would accordingly urge Mr Hamilton to embrace the independence of his role and the express assurance given to the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister that he is free to expand the original remit drafted by the Deputy First Minister and to address each of the matters contained in this submission.

Breaches of the Ministerial Code.

11. Beyond the terms of the remit set for Mr Hamilton by the Deputy First Minister, there are other aspects of the conduct of the First Minister which, in my submission, require scrutiny and determination in relation to breaches of the Ministerial Code.

12. I was contacted by phone on or around 9 March 2018 and further the following week by Geoff Aberdein, my former Chief of Staff. The purpose of the contact was to tell me about meetings he had held with the First Minister’s Chief of Staff, Liz Lloyd, at her request.

13. In the second of these meetings she had informed him that she was aware of two complaints concerning me under a new complaints process introduced to include former Ministers. She named one of the complainers to him. At that stage I did not know the identity of the other complainer.

14. On receipt of the letter from the Permanent Secretary first informing me of complaints on 7th March 2018 I had secured Levy and McRae as my solicitors and Duncan Hamilton, Advocate and Ronnie Clancy QC as my counsel.

15. Even at this early stage we had identified that there were a range of serious deficiencies in the procedure. There was no public or parliamentary record of it
ever being adopted. In addition it contained many aspects of both procedural unfairness and substantive illegality. There was an obvious and immediate question over the respect to which the Scottish Government even had jurisdiction to consider the complaints. In relation to former Ministers (in contrast to current Ministers) it offered no opportunity for mediation. The complaints procedure of which I was familiar (‘Fairness at Work’) was based on the legislative foundation of the Ministerial Code in which the First Minister was the final decision maker. I wished to bring all of these matters to the attention of the First Minister. I did not know at that stage the degree of knowledge and involvement in the policy on the part of both the First Minister and her Chief of Staff.

16. Mr Aberdein had been asked by Ms Lloyd to be her contact with me and they jointly arranged a meeting with the First Minister in the Scottish Parliament on 29th March 2018. This meeting was for the purpose of discussing the complaints and thereafter arranging a direct meeting between myself and the First Minister. There was never the slightest doubt what the meeting was about. Any suggestion by the First Minister to the Scottish Parliament (Official Report, 8th October 2020) that the meeting was ‘fleeting or opportunistic’ is simply untrue. It was agreed on the 29th March 2018 at the meeting in the Scottish Parliament attended by Mr Aberdein and the First Minister and another individual that the meeting between myself and the First Minister would take place on 2nd April at her home near Glasgow. Self-evidently only the First Minister could issue that invitation to her private home.

17. In attendance at the meeting on 2nd April 2018 were Mr Aberdein, Mr Hamilton, Ms Lloyd and myself. The First Minister and I met privately and then there was a general discussion with all five of us. My purpose was to alert the First Minister to the illegality of the process (not being aware at that time of her involvement in it) and to seek an intervention from the First Minister to secure a mediation process to resolve the complaints.

18. I was well aware that under the Ministerial Code the First Minister should notify the civil service of the discussion and believed that this would be the point at which she would make her views known. The First Minister assured us that she would make such an intervention at an appropriate stage.

19. On 23rd April 2018, I phoned the First Minister by arrangement on WhatsApp to say that a formal offer of mediation was being made via my solicitor to the Permanent Secretary that day. In the event , this offer was declined by the Permanent Secretary, even before it was put to the complainers.

20. By the end of May, it was becoming clear that the substantial arguments my legal team were making in correspondence against the legality of the procedure were not having any impact with the Permanent Secretary. My legal team advised that it was impossible properly to defend myself against the complaints under such a flawed procedure. They advised that a petition for Judicial Review would have excellent prospects of success given the Government were acting
unlawfully. However I was extremely reluctant to sue the Government I once led. I wanted to avoid the damage both to the Scottish Government and the SNP which would inevitably result. To avoid such a drastic step, I resolved to let the First Minister see the draft petition for Judicial Review. As a lawyer, and as First Minister, I assumed that she would see the legal jeopardy into which the government was drifting. I therefore sought a further meeting.

21. On 1st June 2018 the First Minister sent me a message which was the opposite of the assurance she had given on the 2nd April 2018 suggesting instead that she had always said that intervention was “not the right thing to do”. That was both untrue and disturbing. On 3rd June 2018 I sent her a message on the implications for the Government in losing a Judicial Review and pointing to her obligation (under the Ministerial Code) to ensure that her administration was acting lawfully and (under the Scotland Act) to ensure that their actions were compliant with the European Convention.

22. The First Minister and I met in Aberdeen on 7th June 2018 when I asked her to look at the draft Judicial Review Petition. She did briefly but made it clear she was now disinclined to make any intervention.

23. My desire to avoid damaging and expensive litigation remained. My legal team thereafter offered arbitration as an alternative to putting the matter before the Court of Session. That proposal was designed to offer a quick and relatively inexpensive means of demonstrating the illegality of the procedure in a process which guaranteed the confidentiality of the complainers. It would also have demonstrated the illegality of the process in a forum which would be much less damaging to the Scottish Government than the subsequent public declaration of illegality. I was prepared at that time to engage fully with the procedure in the event my legal advice was incorrect. In the event, of course, it was robust. I explained the advantages of such an approach to the First Minister in a Whatsapp message of 5th July 2018.

24. At the First Minister’s initiative which I was informed about on the 13th July we met once again at her home in Glasgow at her request, the following day, 14th July 2018. There was no one else at this meeting. She specifically agreed to correct the impression that had been suggested to my counsel in discussion between our legal representatives that she was opposed to arbitration. I followed this up with a WhatsApp message on the 16th July 2018.

25. On 18th July 2018 the First Minister phoned me at 13.05 to say that arbitration had been rejected and suggested that this was on the advice of the Law Officers. She urged me to submit a substantive rebuttal of the specific complaints against me, suggested that the general complaints already answered were of little consequence and would be dismissed, and then assured me that my submission would be judged fairly. She told me I would receive a letter from the Permanent Secretary offering me further time to submit such a rebuttal which duly arrived later that day. As it turned out the rebuttal once submitted was given only cursory examination by the Investigating Officer in the course of a single day and she had already submitted her final report to the Permanent Secretary. My view is now that it was believed that my submission of a rebuttal would weaken the case for Judicial Review (my involvement in rebutting the substance of the complaints being seen to cure the procedural unfairness) and that the First Ministers phone call of 18th July 2018 and the Permanent Secretary’s letter of the same date suggesting that it was in my “interests” to submit a substantive response was designed to achieve that.

26. In terms of the meetings with me, the only breaches of the Ministerial Code are the failure to inform civil servants timeously of the nature of the meetings.

27. My view is that the First Minister should have informed the Permanent Secretary of the legal risks they were running and ensured a proper examination of the legal position and satisfied herself that her Government were acting lawfully.

28. Further once the Judicial Review had commenced, and at the very latest by October 31st 2018 the Government and the First Minister knew of legal advice from external counsel (the First Minister consulted with counsel on 13th November) that on the balance of probability they would lose the Judicial Review and be found to have acted unlawfully. Despite this the legal action was continued until early January 2019 and was only conceded after both Government external counsel threatened to resign from the case which they considered to be unstateable. This, on any reading, is contrary to section 2.30 of the Ministerial Code.

29. Most seriously, Parliament has been repeatedly misled on a number of occasions about the nature of the meeting of 2nd April 2018.

30. The First Minister told Parliament (see Official Report of 8th,10th & 17th January 2019) that she first learned of the complaints against me when I visited her home on 2nd April 2018. That is untrue and is a breach of the Ministerial Code. The evidence from Mr Aberdein that he personally discussed the existence of the complaints, and summarised the substance of the complaints, with the First Minister in a pre arranged meeting in Parliament on 29th March 2018 arranged for that specific purpose cannot be reconciled with the position of the First Minister to Parliament. The fact that Mr Aberdein learned of these complaints in early March 2018 from the Chief of Staff to the First Minister who thereafter arranged for the meeting between Mr Aberdein and the First Minister on 29th March to discuss them, is supported by his sharing that information contemporaneously with myself, Kevin Pringle and Duncan Hamilton, Advocate.

31. In her written submission to the Committee, the First Minister has subsequently admitted to that meeting on 29th March 2018, claiming to have previously ‘forgotten’ about it. That is, with respect, untenable. The pre-arranged meeting in the Scottish Parliament of 29th March 2018 was “forgotten” about because acknowledging it would have rendered ridiculous the claim made by the First Minister in Parliament that it had been believed that the meeting on 2nd April was on SNP Party business (Official Report 8th & 10th January 2019) and thus held at her private residence. In reality all participants in that meeting were fully aware of what the meeting was about and why it had been arranged. The meeting took place with a shared understanding of the issues for discussion – the complaints made and the Scottish Government procedure which had been launched. The First Minister’s claim that it was ever thought to be about anything other than the complaints made against me is wholly false.

The failure to account for the meeting on 29th March 2018 when making a statement to Parliament, and thereafter failing to correct that false representation is a further breach of the Ministerial Code.

Further, the repeated representation to the Parliament of the meeting on the 2nd April 2018 as being a ‘party’ meeting because it proceeded in ignorance of the complaints is false and manifestly untrue. The meeting on 2nd April 2018 was arranged as a direct consequence of the prior meeting about the complaints held in the Scottish Parliament on 29th March 2018.

32. The First Minister additionally informed Parliament (Official Report 10th January 2019) that ‘I did not know how the Scottish Government was dealing with the complaint, I did not know how the Scottish Government intended to deal with the complaint and I did not make any effort to find out how the Scottish Government was dealing with the complaint or to intervene in how the Scottish Government was dealing with the complaint.’

I would contrast that position with the factual position at paragraphs 18 and 25 above. The First Minister’s position on this is simply untrue. She did initially offer to intervene, in the presence of all those at the First Ministers house on the 2nd April 2018. Moreover, she did engage in following the process of the complaint and indeed reported the status of that process to me personally.

33. I also believe it should be investigated further in terms of the Ministerial Code, whether the criminal leak of part of the contents of the Permanent
Secretary’s Decision report to the Daily Record was sourced from the First Minister’s Office. We now know from a statement made by the Daily Record editor that they received a document. I enclose at Appendix B the summary of the ICO review of the complaint which explains the criminal nature of the leak and the identification of 23 possible staff sources of the leak given that the ICO Prosecutor has “sympathy with the hypothesis that the leak came from an employee of the Scottish Government”. My reasoning is as follows. The leak did not come from me, or anyone representing me. In fact I sought interdict to prevent publication and damage to my reputation. The leak is very unlikely indeed to have come from either of the two complainers. The Chief Constable, correctly, refused to accept a copy of the report when it was offered to Police Scotland on August 21st 2018 by the Crown Agent. It cannot, therefore have leaked from Police Scotland. Scottish Government officials had not leaked the fact of an investigation from January when it started. The only additional group of people to have received such a document, or summary of such a document, in the week prior to publication in the Daily Record was the First Minister’s Office as indicated in paragraph 4.8 of the ICO Prosecutor’s Report. In that office, the document would be accessed by the First Minister and her Special Advisers.

I would be happy to support this submission in oral evidence.

Rt Hon Alex Salmond
17th February 2021

As you can plainly see, the entire purpose of these redactions is to obliterate Geoff Aberdein from the picture. Very plainly nothing in these redactions tends to assist the identification of one of the lying accusers in court. The document was passed by the Parliament’s own legal service in line with Lady Dorrian’s amended court order, before yesterday the corrupt Crown Office intervened in a panic to have this evidence subverted.

Geoff Aberdein’s evidence is the most crucial collection of fact in the entire Holyrood Inquiry. Why?

In early March 2018 Nicola Sturgeon’s Chief of Staff and closest confidante, Liz Lloyd, phoned Geoff Aberdein to set up a meeting with Nicola Sturgeon and told him it was about sexual allegations against Alex Salmond. That is a full month before the date on which Nicola Sturgeon lied to Parliament she first heard of allegations. Lying to Parliament is a resignation matter.

Why did Nicola lie to Parliament? Because she wanted to hide the fact she already was involved in the initiation of allegations in November 2017, when she instructed, against Whitehall advice, that an employment process was needed for complaints against ex-ministers. There is a mound of evidence for this, not least the fact that her Principal Private Secretary had already met with a complainant twice, on 20 and 21 November 2017, the day before Sturgeon’s written instruction to Lesley Evans to initiate the process.

To hide this early involvement, Sturgeon had to invent a date when she first knew about the process. She settled on 2 April when she met Alex Salmond. That was a lie by four months at least, but it is difficult to prove beyond reasonable doubt. That she lied by one month is proven beyond reasonable doubt by the evidence of Geoff Aberdein. That is why it is the most important document in the entire process.

Nicola has since admitted to the meeting with Aberdein on 29 March, claiming she merely “forgot it”, that she just “bumped into” Aberdein and it is only “three days” (sic) from the meeting on 2 April. But Aberdein’s testimony is entirely incompatible with even Sturgeon’s amended story. He testifies it was set up by her office, with the allegations agenda known and dictated by them, three weeks earlier.

Is there anything to support Geoff Aberdein’s story? Yes. Aberdein was so worried by this that before he met Sturgeon on 29 March in Parliament (the meeting she subsequently claimed to parliament to have forgotten) he arranged a conference call with Duncan Hamilton QC and then SNP head spin doctor Kevin Pringle to discuss the implications. Both are willing to testify, but of course the Committee does not want them to.

How do I know all this? Because Geoff Aberdein gave precisely this evidence, all of it, in Alex Salmond’s criminal trial. Openly, in public, with no reporting restrictions. The entire mainstream media were present, but as they had only come in the hope of seeing Alex Salmond hung, they gave Aberdein’s crucial evidence little weight. I was there, I heard it and I reported it at the time.

There is one extra thing in Aberdein’s suppressed evidence which is not in his trial evidence. He testifies that he was contacted subsequently by Liz Lloyd to amend a press statement to hide the knowledge of the allegations against Salmond in March 2018.

To be perfectly plain, for the sake of the Corrupt Crown Office, this website is offering a reward for Geoff Aberdein’s evidence because we will publish it. We will first take the advice of both our solicitor and counsel on any redactions necessary to comply with Lady Dorrian’s amended court order on identification.

As for our publication of the unredacted version of the Salmond submission above, you can still see the unredacted version as it appeared originally on the Parliament’s website, with its appendices, here. In publishing it highlighting the changes, we are following the Spectator, Daily Mail and Guido Fawkes among others, all of which did it first. I know that the Crown Office has a habit of pursuing genuine Independence supporters over matters for which unionist journalists are left alone, despite committing the identical alleged offence simultaneously, but in this case I don’t think even the ultra corrupt Lord Advocate and Crown Office would try that.

Two final points. This is a different part of Alex Salmond’s evidence to that I published yesterday. I was asked by a committee member, Andy Wightman MSP, to clarify that the part published yesterday had not been subject to refusal to publish by the Committee. I make that clarification.

Finally, I very much hope that Alex Salmond will eventually appear before the Committee despite the censorship – and then give a press conference afterwards to fill in the censored bits. There can never have been a more hypocritical episode in Scottish politics than Nicola Sturgeon’s hysterical round of TV interviews inviting Alex Salmond to “produce his evidence” and “bring it on”, when all the time she and her machine were acting furiously behind the scenes to ensure that the corrupt Crown office and her parliamentary minions censored the evidence specifically that damages her.


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514 thoughts on “£25,000 Reward Withdrawn

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  • Vivian O'Blivion

    An additional plea to any potential whistleblowers to think of the damage being done by Sturgeon and her deranged cult followers to the cause of Scottish independence. I can’t bring myself to vote SNP in the constituency ballot while Sturgeon and Murrell remain in post.
    Also, in the vanishing unlikely event that Scotland gained independence with Sturgeon at the helm, what chances of entry to the EU? An utterly corrupt Crown Office selectively persecuting political opponents of the leader. This stuff would make Viktor Orbán blush.

    • John Cunningham

      Not to mention, Viv, that if anyone can afford £25,000 to grease the wheels of justice, it’s Craig Murray, judging by the pictures of his new big hoose in the capital.

        • John Cunningham

          Here’s where funding fantasy and delusion has got us so far: this blog site has reported Alex Salmond condemns as criminal the actions of the whistleblower/mole/leaker who first alerted the Record to sexual assault charges against him. Among his general mud-throwing, he has threatened to unmask the person at a time of his choosing. In an act of incredible hypocrisy, Craig Murray is inciting public employees to commit similar acts (in the public interest) by offering a large bribe. I’m sure he can easily source (from the author?) a copy of the text he wants but it would help prove his (probably libellous) claim of corruption within the Crown Prosecution Service if he said it had come from one of its employees. This is not to say some of the Salmond mud won’t stick. That’s inevitable when politicians are involved.

          • Jay

            A confused old word salad that. If you approve of the fit up and cover up at least give your reasons.

          • John Cunningham

            Squeeth. I didn’t contribute, so no, I’m not envious of Craig’s big hoose. And I’m not a politician. To Jay, above, to whom I can’t reply directly, you would first have to give me your reasons for deciding there has been a fit up, as you say. And please avoid Kenny Macaskill’s colourful but preposterous wee speech on telly the other night – if it looks like an elephant, sounds like and elephant and walks like an elephant – it is an elephant. Hardly proof.

          • Squeeth

            I didn’t mean envy in the material sense; I meant envy in the sense that you’re jealous of an honest man because he makes you feel like an establishment toady.

  • Mist001

    Maybe better offering the reward in Bitcoins. Money can be traced and the whistleblower found.

      • Geoff S

        Not untraceable. Harder to trace than bitcoin and other bigger crypto’s but not untraceable. There are some whitepapers detailing this, as well as claims by a US firm that it can get through the obfuscation. Also for maximum security, requires flipping money around wallets a few times, a step many won’t bother to take.

        You also have to weigh up how interesting it makes you look. Much like working on TOR/Tails instantly flags you as a point of interest, so does transacting in monero, a feature which has seen it deplatformed from several exchanges.

        Not to say don’t use it, just beware any claims of ‘untraceable’ or ‘100% secure’

        • JohninMK

          In the traditional brown envelope. Cash is very difficult to track or identify if used properly, especially at this relatively low amount.

    • Rhys Jaggar

      The old fashioned brown envelope handed over at a motorway Service Station probably can’t be….

  • Baron

    It seems that being corrupt is a considerable help to one’s career progress in the public sphere in the devolved Scotland, couldn’t an independent Scotland make things worse rather than better, Mr. Murray, as things stand there’s always the possibility Mr. Salmond may seek redress in the UK courts, no?

  • Greg Park

    Produce your evidence, she said. Bring it on …
    And we will suppress it and ensure it never sees the light of day.

  • Matt


    “Openly, in public, with no reporting restrictions.”

    Perhaps is goes without saying, but also “under oath”.

    Good luck with this gambit.


  • X_Sticks

    You are an outstandingly honest man Mr Murray. All power to your pen.
    Donation made to help with the reward.

  • cassio21

    Dear Craig,

    Thank you once again for the quality and depth of your reporting on this growing scandal.

    I don’t doubt your narrative, but I still don’t understand exactly what prevents Mr Salmon from advancing any evidence – other than identification of the Alphabet Women, as proscribed by a judge – that he deems appropriate to his submission, and to the greater cause of a full and fair Parliamentary enquiry.

    As things stand, in giving evidence to the committee, Mr Salmond apparently won’t be able to refer specifically to the redacted paragraphs. But does that prevent him from making any reference at all to the events described therein ? Will he still be gagged – metaphorically if not literally ?

    What would have happened, I wonder, had Mr Salmon submitted nothing in writing about Aberdein’s involvement with Sturgeon et al (drawing on but not quoting evidence to the Sturgeon enquiry) but had then spoken about it to the committee ? Would he then have been gagged ?

    • Matt

      This is what his lawyers have been seeking reassurance on. The fear is that if he strays into territory that is not in published evidence, he could be prosecuted.
      It seems that the redacted evidence can therefore not be spoken about, and can’t form any part of the Committee’s report.

  • robertknight

    COPFS is as rank and rotten as the shark flesh that certain Reykjavìk restaurants pitch to tourists as a local delicacy.

    The entire structure needs dismantling. Oh, but for an honest Government to do so…

    Fat chance!

    But well done CM for having a go – even though I suspect your £25k is quite safe.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    “Hope springs eternal…”

    Brings back to mind my student marching against the National Front and protesting on a Saturday before the South African Embassy in London.

    Activism can and does yield results!

  • katherine hamilton

    Hi Craig
    Was wondering what you’d been up to! One thing. The paragraph beginning “There is one other thing in Aberdein’s suppressed evidence which is not in his trial evidence…”. Is there another document supplied by Mr. Aberdein that has been suppressed that we don’t know about?
    On a more important matter. Along with all other right minded people in this God forsaken country fingers and toes crossed for the correct verdict. Any more funds needed for continued support, just say.
    Best wishes.

  • Frank Waring

    ‘Nicola Sturgeon’ (whatever that means) last night presented ‘Murdo Fraser’ — which means the unionist power of the British state — with a free kick at an open goal, in the Scottish independence contest. Independence is off the agenda for at least 5 years, maybe for more than 10.
    But, while Labour, Conservative and LibDems give themselves the luxury of not engaging at all in the Scottish governance debate, the SNP will retain its position as the unchallengeable backbone of Holyrood government. The Greens are available for independence supporters who can’t abide the SNP cadres.
    So an infinitely prolonged stalemate on the independence question turns out to have a positive outcome for every significant party in Scotland.

  • PhilM

    So I’ve read fourteen comments in relation to Craig’s article today.
    No-one as yet has shown any inkling of how fiendishly clever the above plea for a whistleblower to come forward is.
    Make no mistake, we will see this testimony.
    Hats off to you, sir, for all of your human rights work but this is a master diplomat at work.
    I am SO impressed.

    • Deb O'Nair

      “how fiendishly clever the above plea for a whistleblower to come forward is.”

      Count me as thick but how is it fiendishly clever (in a non-Baldrick way, that is)?

  • Crispa

    Powerful stuff. Odd thoughts.

    1. The idea that the 2nd April meeting was about SNP business is clearly absurd given the presence of the people there who had no connection with the SNP as far as I can see.
    2. Given the evidence stacking up the Committee can hardly fail to identify FM breaches of the Ministerial Code with the consequences to follow. If I have read it correctly, was not the failure to stop the proceedings when it was known it would probably fail, of itself a breach, which should already have been acted on independently of this Inquiry?
    3. If the IOC has eliminated all external sources of the leak to the Daily Record and decided it could only have been leaked internally then Scottish Government must be facing another very hefty fine for breach of data protection – presumably AS could also sue on the same grounds? With consequences to that too.
  • Lenny Hartley

    Craig, when this is all over and we are a normal Independent Government, i wish and hope that the people of our country honour you by electing you Our Head of State (Guardian of Scotland) we will need somebody in that role with Diplomatic Skills which you have in abundance and your bravery In standing up to the Corrupt offices of the British State must be rewarded.
    Thank you.

    • John Cunningham

      Here’s a thought – Craig has absolutely no diplomatic skill, which is why he was thrown out of the diplomatic corps. And why he is currently sweating on the outcome of a contempt of court appeal that could soon see him begin a six-month period of martyrdom, like his fellow indie activist, Clive Thomson from Rosyth.

      • Rhys Jaggar

        I think you need to distinguish between diplomatic skill and ‘the hair that broke the camel’s back’.

        You don’t have to be in the Diplomatic Corps to come up against Establishment behaviour and you learn the hard way that diplomacy from within usually gets you nowhere. So you have a simple choice: turn the other cheek or listen to your conscience.

        If you listen to your conscience, you speak out in ways which are calculatedly undiplomatic.

        • John Cunningham

          Which is a long way from the sycophantic clap trap I was responding to. Being a common sense Scot with a sceptical eye, I don’t believe in hero worship, especially of politicians or their apparatchiks. I also don’t believe much in man-made borders and look forward to a time when all the world can live as one. But while you are busy generalising on the subject of diplomacy, please define your use of ‘Establishment’ and whether you apply it differently according to nationality.

  • Grhm

    As a disinterested outside observer, I’ve now read enough about all this to be persuaded that it does indeed seem very likely that there was, and is, a high-level conspiracy against Alex Salmond, as Craig alleges.
    But what I’ve not read anywhere is an explanation of WHY.
    Please can someone explain, in simple terms… what is the motive?

    • Deb O'Nair

      “a high-level conspiracy against Alex Salmond”

      Nicola Sturgeon is stooging for the Corporate media crooks running the British Government – both she and the Brexit government have an interest in finishing Salmond off. It was anti-Brexit Sturgeon who granted pro-Brexit Johnson his wish for the December GE against the wishes of the official leader of the opposition. The Corporate media crooks (both in cabinet and the news) are now protecting one of their own by covering Sturgeon up.

    • Steve Hayes

      The obvious reason in my view was to create the very situation we see now where the SNP is split into warring factions. The motive: to try to stop momentum towards Scottish independence. The likely perpetrators: HM’s loyal spooks. The well-tried method (see Assange): to manipulate a number of women into making allegations against the target, then in this case manipulate others into taking action based on these fabrications with the knowledge that they are about to be leaked to friendly hacks with the inevitable questions if no action had been taken. The remaining question: why does nobody dragged into this reveal how it came about? Possible reasons: they don’t want to confess to being patsies, they are too involved in the battle now and just want to prevail, they are being bribed or blackmailed with who knows what other dirt collected by GCHQ and said spooks.

    • Patrick Roden

      When it was first suggested that a conspiracy against Alex Salmond came from with the First Ministers’ office, I just couldn’t believe it and wondered why on earth she would do such a thing, knowing the damage it would cause to both the SNP and the cause of independence.

      As a very interested observer, however, I continued to examine the information being provided (at great emotional expense and under constant threat of legal action) by people like Craig Murray and Stuart Cambell, and it became apparent that what they were claiming stood up to scrutiny.

      Recently, as more information has become available and as I watched the responses from those close to Nicola it has become apparent that she is at the centre of a plot to make sure that Alex Salmond did not return to front line politics in Scotland, and that she was prepared to use false claims of sexually predatory behaviour to undermine him to the point that he could never return.

      I have no doubt that it was never the intention for it to end up in court and that the women who made the claims were assured that just making the allegations would be enough to scare Alex off, but the behaviour of those at the heart of this plot since then has been nothing short of despicable and none of them should be in any position to make decisions about the everyday lives of the people of Scotland.

  • Goose

    The backdrop to all this is little over 8 weeks until Holyrood elections that should see a pro-inde majority…

    I understand the scepticism around Sturgeon’s commitment to independence. But stalling or not, she’ll have to face and answer to conference eventually.

    Pressing this so hard you’ll have Galloway sending you a message saluting your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.

    • John Cleary

      Goosey, old mate, you don’t seem to understand.

      Sturgeon is not pro independence, and nor is the SNP so long as she remains leader.


    • vin_ot

      I certainly salute Craig’s courage, strength and indefatigability. These are trying to put him in jail and he is taking the fight right back to them. Who on earth are you to scold him??

      • Goose

        I’m not scolding anyone, I respect Craig…. More a lament really.

        When you find yourself in the same corner as Andrew Neil and George Galloway, as an independence supporter, that must raise concerns.

        If anyone here thinks the SNP going into May’s elections leaderless would yield a good result I’ve got a bridge to sell you. The average voter isn’t a political nerd who’s followed the minutiae of this case. All they’ll read is screaming headlines telling them the SNP are in turmoil, unworthy of their vote, as fratricide rips the party asunder. Meanwhile, opponents will barely be able to conceal their glee.

        • Bayard

          “If anyone here thinks the SNP going into May’s elections leaderless would yield a good result I’ve got a bridge to sell you”

          Thank you, Goose, I have now realised why the Daily Mail has published Alex Salmond’s testimony: for the Unionists, it’s win-win, either Nicola Sturgeon falls and the SNP enters the election leaderless and in disarray, ensuring a unionist majority in Holyrood, or she stays and carries on making all the right noises about independence, but keeps actual independence off the agenda for the next five years.

          • Goose

            It shouldn’t be assumed those who take this position in any way admire Sturgeon or what she’s been involved with, such black & white binary thinking is clearly nonsense.

            Whether we here believe her worthy or not, Sturgeon DOES have leadership stature among the Scottish people. A stature that the likes of Davidson, Sarwar, Rennie and co can only envy. At the very least, let the SNP secure that majority before any internal bust up. For it won’t matter a jot if Sturgeon resigns, if the unionists control Holyrood after May. Independence will be on hold for at least four years, and that’s assuming the SNP can find a popular leader to replace Sturgeon.

            Look at Labour, who in 2017 would have predicted the Blairites would be fully back in control of all parts of the party so soon? Politics is fluid, shit happens.

          • bevin

            “Whether we here believe her worthy or not, Sturgeon DOES have leadership stature among the Scottish people. ”

            There is your problem: the fuhrerprinzip alive and celebrated.
            Independence and sovereignty cannot be achieved by people who are not paying attention and are not prepared to do so. What we have seen in the SNP’s government in Edinburgh and ‘opposition’ at Westminster is tartan toryism/blairism of the most flagrant kind, a series of reminders that behind the empire ion which the sun never set was a Scots ruling class for whom the high road to London was only one of many leading to comfortable careers and the gratitude of the ‘big boss down under’ whose loyal servants they were happy to be.

          • Bayard

            Goose, your position rather depends on the assumption that NS can be replaced once she has won an SNP majority at Holyrood, whereas what is more likely is that, if she survives this to lead the party into the elections and wins a majority, she will be unassailable and that independence will be even further away than if she goes now and the Unionists get a majority.

        • Patrick Roden

          Goose says: “When you find yourself in the same corner as Andrew Neil and George Galloway, as an independence supporter, that must raise concerns”

          It’s always a concern when you find yourself on the same side as these cretins, but if they are on the side of truth, and Nicola and others are on the side of dishonesty and disgusting behaviour, it’s better to be on the truths side every time.

          Don’t you agree?

          • Goose

            Yes, I do.

            Alex and Craig would be fully vindicated in their assertions of a conspiracy (good). Sturgeon and her husband would be gone, but with them so too independence hopes in all likelihood (bad, obv).

            The timing of all this is awful, and the right-wing and unionist sharks aren’t circling because they’re after ‘truth and justice’, they’re circling because they want to scupper that pro-inde majority emerging in May.
            And, I don’t think Sturgeon is as all powerful as some suggest with the ability to stymie independence like that for years having promised to move early in the next parliament. The anger and frustration of the membership would boil over were that the case. Only the pandemic and conference being virtual is preventing that message getting through already.

          • IMcK


            ‘It’s always a concern when you find yourself on the same side as these cretins [Andrew Neil and George Galloway]’.

            Being on the cretinous side myself I wonder if a clever bloke like you might explain why GG falls into said category. Surely it couldn’t be because he does not support Scottish Independence since that would assign so many so far below your eminence, could it?

          • Bayard

            “they’re circling because they want to scupper that pro-inde majority emerging in May.” There’s a strong chance of a SNP majority in May, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a pro-independence majority. The SNP has become like the Labour Party, with the aims of the members at constituency level completely at odds with the aims of the members at parliamentary level. AFAICS, it is only at constituency level that there is a majority in favour of independence. At parliamentary level there’s too much to lose.

          • arby

            @Goose – “The timing of all this is awful…”

            The timing is contrived to be awful, in my view. This pot-boiler has been cooking slowly for a long time with one intention – to see off any majority aspiration for Scottish Independence. It “happens” to come to the boil just as the imminent election is rounding the corner.

  • Deb O'Nair

    I presume that MI5 is now eavesdropping on CM and his circle in case a whistleblower makes contact.

    Is there an anonymous contact point for a whistleblower; so that they can arrange the pick up of the brown envelope stuffed with cash when the documents get handed over?

    • James Riddle

      Deb O’Nair – I suspect that Geoff Aberdein or Alex Salmond have already given CM a copy of the evidence and that he’s simply widening the circle of possible candidates so that it can’t be pinned on anybody.

  • Out+of+Affric

    Masterstroke notwithstanding, I would urge any potential correspondent to think carefully.

    Has anyone heard anything of William McNeilly since he blew the gaff on Faslane? Perhaps he was promoted out of harm’s way.

  • Republicofscotland

    Well done Craig, a spirited attempt to prick the conscience of someone uneasy with all the lies and deceit in the Crown Office or Holyrood itself.

    Go on get in touch with Craig you know its the right thing to do.

  • c avery

    There must a record of Salmond having attended at Parliament in March? I presume you just cant go through the building meet the first minister without security etc noting your attendance?

  • James Cook

    “You work in the Crown Office. Did you really do all that studying and jump through all those hoops so you could aid and abet your ultra corrupt bosses in the fundamental suppression of both justice and democracy in Scotland? Did you never have any ideals of, at least, basic honesty when you started to work for the prosecutorial service? “

    There is only one (or at least one) problem with this strategy Craig, and I know you know your roman history so……….“I love treason but hate a traitor.”

    Julian knew that people will do the right thing if they are protected and given anonymity, not financial rewards. IMHO a reward more often brings out the worst in people or the kind of people.

    Perhaps you should rethink this.

    • Deepgreenpuddock

      I can’t see how such an emphatic statement by Craig of corruption within the is legal and political establishment not challenged .jhe fact that he is stating it so forcefully suggests they are unwilling to defend themselves as that would be guaranteed to bring the truth to the foreground.

    • McA

      This is just the way the legal establishment works. For instance if you pay solicitors who shall remain nameless CASH they will ‘do a deal’ with the Procurator Fiscal to get the charges dropped. It is common knowledge. The legal establishment is corrupt from the bottom to the top.

  • Mistral

    Why are the military not arresting key players from Police Scotland, the SNP and the Law Courts? This is pretty serious stuff and law and order must be restored and those responsible must face long jail times. They are getting away with framing innocent people they want gone and tarnished.

  • Robert

    I salute you, Craig! You’re making history.

    The only good thyink I see here is that those conspiring against us are demonstrating such a degree of incompetence that they may not succeed.

    • Deepgreenpuddock

      yes it reveals political ineptitude by Sturgeon and her acolytes on an unprecedented scale.

      • Fredi

        Indeed, it’s a true joy to see peoples misguided faith in politicians shattered . When will they ever learn not to put their faith in mendacious power heads?

  • Kenneth+G+Coutts

    Today’s briefing, various unionist stenographers asking about the case, initially she made the points , this was a daily briefing
    On the pandemic suppression.
    Yet, to a final stenographer a wee denegration of Alex in the mix.
    Oh dear, sometimes when your digging a hole, ask yourself , should I stop!.
    I know where Nicola went wrong, “Power” the horror of power.
    Getting entangled with the Crown office, The Crown the clue is in the name.
    My feeling is to say, Alex, Beware , onwards and upwards.
    Thanks Craig.
    Linda Fabiani, mmmm, well, well well.
    Lisa Cameron, mmmm another one.

  • Stonky

    I can save you 25 grand here Craig. This is Geoff Aberdein’s statement:

    1. Having long-since quit the political scene and gone to build a career in insurance, in March 2017, I inexplicably decided to make a come-back.

    First I obtained the information about the accusations against Alex Salmond. You have no need to detain yourselves with questions about how a middle manager in an insurance company got hold of this information, at a time when neither Alex Salmond himself nor indeed the First Minister knew anything about them. It definitely wasn’t Liz Lloyd who told me.

    But I fabricated a story about non-existent meetings with Liz Lloyd, at which I claimed she told me about the accusations and arranged to speak to the First Minister at the end of the month. I emphasise that these meetings never took place. I made them up. I never had any meetings with Liz Lloyd and she never told me about the accusations. But to give credence to my story, I then told Kevin Pringle and Duncan Hamilton about the non-existent meetings, and the accusations. Then I told Alex Salmond.

    A couple of weeks later I engineered a visit to Holyrood. While there, I contrived to “pop my head round the door” of the First Minister’s office for “an opportunistic meeting”. Liz Lloyd was there too.

    2. The minutes are as follows:

    Door opens…

    Geoff Aberdein: “Howser Nixie! Chadoin?“
    First Minister: “Heyup there!”
    GA: “Just popping my head round the door to say Hi!”
    FM: “Well, Hi to you too!”
    Liz Lloyd: “Wotcher Geoff. How they hangin?”
    GA: “Oh and by the way I just thought I’d let you know. Your predecessor, Alex Salmond, is currently under investigation for accusations of sexual assault.”
    FM: “Wha… No way!”
    GA: “Yup. Looks like the old boy’s arse is toast.”
    FM: “Shockerooney!”
    GA: “Well, I’ll be off then. Cheers beers guys!”
    FM: “I’m absolutely devastated! See ya Geoff!”

    Door closes…

    First Minister: “So what do you make of that then?”
    Liz Lloyd: “What do I make of what?”
    FM: “That meeting.”
    LL: “What meeting? I don’t remember any meeting.”
    FM: “That’s funny. Neither do I.”
    LL: “In fact I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”
    FM: “Neither have I.”
    LL: “Oh well. Onwards and upwards…”

    • John Cleary

      Stonky, ‘fraid you’ve been misled. The conversation went:

      “Geoff, be careful. There are powers at work in this country about which we know nothing.”

      “(gulp) OK. I’ll be on me way.”

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