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Why is there doubt the letter Q contains a message?


Why is there doubt about the witness account of the man seen carrying a man along Somerton Beach on the evening of November 30th?

Why is there doubt about the accuracy of Ina Harvey’s recollections of the man who came to the Strathmore Hotel at the end of December 1948?

Why is there doubt about Lawson’s note of an original body?

Why is there no evidence of any police interest in the internee camps, the detainee records and the camp’s facilities.

Why is there doubt that these two men ..


.. may have been passed off as one?

Images courtesy of Gordon ‘Q’ Cramer


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  1. ellen #

    Two words: Roger Hollis

    December 17, 2016
  2. Never proved ..

    December 17, 2016
  3. ellen #

    Roger Hollis, the man from Shanghai who worked for a tobacco company probably became a spy while traveling in the company of Red Sonia and Agnes Smedley. Burgess and Maclean had just been outed by the Venona revelations, yet mysteriously protected by MI5 chieftan, Roger. Somerton Man shows up dead with high visibility on a beach with a cigarette stuck to his cheek and cigarette paraphernelia on his person. The war was over but now perfidy was being revealed all over the place.
    Meanwhile, Mitrokhin documents and codes in Australia were suppressed in 1992 at the request of the Keating government, and have never been released for scholarly or journalistic analysis. Who had Roger’s back?

    December 18, 2016
  4. Ray Whitrod … now there’s a fellow who slips in and out of the radar enough to be relevant.

    December 18, 2016
    • Ray was CIB and worked with Stan Sleane (Adelaide Oval & Beaumont kids abductions) on night radio car patrols from June ’48 possibly until he left for Canberra early ’49. Their shift from 10pm to 6am would likely have included the beach esplinade between Glenelg & Somerton with a check stop at the Alvington steps and a timed call to base on any noteworthy activities. The Subversives Section SB could have had something going down on the evening of 30/11 and if so Ray in his capacity of shift super would mostly likely have been aware had he been on duty. We do know that both he and SB finished up at Sapol shortly thereafter. Is that something that might be related to our lifeless friend on the beach that night.

      December 20, 2016
      • One thing JS, you can jump like a grasshopper. Whitrod played a big hand in exposing External Affairs chappie Dalziel and his Russian pal Nosov in Sydney … which could mean his posting to SA might have had something to do with his nose for the spying business. The old lad had connections in all the agencies.

        December 20, 2016
  5. ellen #

    Picture yourself in an organization infiltrated from the top. You want to do something for Australia’s cause in the war but the minute you report something anti-Soviet, you are reported to the Soviets. Sometimes this ends in death…maybe your death. The fact that Jessica and company are still standing, points to the fact that she was dirty. As Boxall implied when asked if she knew he was in intelligence….someone would have had to tell her.

    I think her fainting scene was the result of remorse. She had to protect herself and it got people killed.

    December 19, 2016
  6. Hollis was MI5.
    Hollis was recruited by the NKGB?
    Hollis was turned back by the MI5?
    Hollis was planted into the NKGB?
    Hollis was planted into the MI5?

    Choose a couple.

    December 19, 2016
  7. ellen #

    Hollis was Elli.

    December 20, 2016
  8. Wasn’t there a person with the code name ‘acrobat’ ? Rings a bell somewhere..

    December 20, 2016
  9. Do you reckon the three acrobats used bells in their routine GC?

    December 20, 2016
  10. Now there’s a thought 🙂

    December 20, 2016
  11. Clive #

    Could have been quite a-pealing?

    December 21, 2016
  12. Clive #

    Per “Soviet Defectors: The KGB Wanted List’ book, there were 60 defectors in 1948 alone.

    December 21, 2016
  13. ellen #

    Boxall’s demeanor gives it away. I think in 1945, he was amused by the approach of the young spy, trying to seduce him into espionage with a coded book. The war was ostensibly over and it was a few weeks after the George Marshall inquest. What did the handsome older man from intelligence know about shipping lanes and missile placements? All those Rubaiyatts and spies hiding in book stores…..

    Now that your book has been published and we can defer to it….let’s take the gloves off and speculate.

    Where does Tibor fit in? The Soviet spy’s watchers were always at close range. A Soviet spy didn’t move without orders from the Kremlin.

    December 22, 2016
  14. A group of disillusioned Russians known as the ‘campanology ring’ perhaps?

    December 22, 2016

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