Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review of THE CUT-OUT

Americans are less aware of it than are the British, but in 2008 a British jury concluded that Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were “unlawfully killed,” a charge just shy of “murdered.”
Jon King’s book, The Cut-Out, gives chapter and verse with only some names and details changed to protect the guilty and the author.
In espionage jargon, a “cut-out” is an unwitting individual used to pass messages or material. The author finds, eventually, that he himself was a dupe for a high-ranking officer of Britain’s MI6, their CIA. In investigating Princess Di’s death, King is fed clues to lead him in certain directions desired by MI6. When he breaks free from his leash, his investigation is hampered and his resulting book is eventually embargoed. Despite this, he succeeds in getting an official investigation of the killing of Princess Di, who would have likely survived this crash of her sabotaged Mercedes limousine if her seat belt had not also been deliberately damaged.
King’s own investigation reveals that, for reasons of church and state, government officials decided that either Camilla Parker-Bowles or Princess Diana had to die, by “accident,” before the impending marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla. An unsuccessful attempt on Camilla’s life made the killing of Princess Di deemed necessary.
King’s book is fascinating, well worth reading by those who like riveting stories and those who want to know what goes on behind the scenes when a government rules without ethics.

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