Operation Ore flawed by fraud

Martin Bailey mobailey at ntlworld.com
Sun Apr 22 04:28:59 CDT 2007

There's still more revelations about this.

In this month's PC Pro there's a 4 page story about this.  Includes a
picture of Pete when he was arrested (the worst he's ever looked in his

I'll type this up:

"[Pete's name was] listed on Landslide records as signed up to Keyz
websites.  But the police never had any evidence that the websites
concerned - which are shown as "Alberto " and "Spermed" - had anything to do
with children.  Nothing was found on [his] personal computers.

"But the police didn't tell Townshend that their entire evidence against him
was a single entry made on Landslide on 15 May 1999 for the purchase of the
Alberto website.  Under pressure of the media filming of the raid, Townshend
appears to have confessed to something he didn't do.  He was cautioned and
his name was placed on the sex offenders register."

So, my interpretation of these event is:

1. Some years ago, Pete had Googled for "russian orphans", found porn, and
stupidly entered his credit card details to found out more, in order to
expose it / research for his autobiography."

2. in May 1999, he enters credit card details on another, innocent,
"Alberto" website.  Which just happened to be owned by Keyz, who also run
child pornography websites.

3. Operation Ore investigates users who have purchased content from Keyz
websites, some of which are dodgy, some are not.

4. 2003: Pete, aware that the police / media are wanting to question him
about looking at dodgy websites, turns himself in.  He then confesses
everything about the first website, and gets cautioned for it.  Even though
the police knew nothing about that first incident.

So Pete should have kept his mouth shut - the police had no evidence against
him at all.

The article also mentions Massive Attack's Robert de Naja, who was arrested
at the same time as Pete. Naja had his case quickly dropped.  Ironically, in
2006 the UK government launched the child protection agency called CEOP.
The adverts use the Massive Attack song "Teardrop".


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