What do we know about Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns government spokesman?
Mitchell began his career as a journalist as a local reporter for the Barnet & Potters Bar Times in South Hertfordshire before leaving to join a BBC training scheme.
We know that he worked on Breakfast News, then as one of the team of reporters who worked for the main news bulletins on national TV and radio.
We know he was closely involved with the Fred and Rosemary West case, in 1993, where a murderous couple had killed young girls and buried the bodies under their patio in Gloucester.
He reported on the death of Michael Hutchence in 1997.
He was also one of the first reporters to arrive at Gowan Avenue, Fulham in south west London, when the immensely popular BBC TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead in a murder many feel has never been satisfactorily explained.
Towards the end of his BBC career Clarence became heavily used on royal stories. He was deeply involved in coverage of the post-Diana era and the death of the Queen Mother. Many people feel the facts surrounding the deaths of Dodi Fayed and Princess Diana were never truly established.
And more recently, in a story he worked on right up to the day he left the BBC, Clarence led coverage of the murder of the Surrey schoolgirl Millie Dowler in 2002. The case has never been solved.
Clarence Mitchell was also involved in the coverage of the Soham murders. Clarence Mitchell made comparisons between this case and the case of Maddie McCann by saying, "An outcome similar to Holly and Jessica is possible. I don't want to, and I can't, talk about Robert Murat but some journalists who worked with me in Soham, and that were now in Portugal, saw resemblances between that case and Robert Murat. And I won't say more."
After 20 years as a journalist, in April 2006 he joined the government's Central Office of Information as director of the Media Monitoring Unit and in May 2007 was sent to Portugal on behalf of the UK Foreign Office to provide temporary consular assistance to the McCanns with handling the media following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine McCann who disappeared on 3 May 2007 while on holiday with her family in the resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal. On 17 September, he resigned as director of the Central Office of Information's media monitoring unit to become the McCanns' media spokesman.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is also shrouded in mystery and the McCanns are clearly being protected by the government. But why, when it is clear they are guilty of child neglect at the very least?
Clarence Mitchell: Profile
Clarence Mitchell: A master media manipulator
Clarence Mitchell: Lied under Oath?
McCanns phone taps and Clarence Mitchell
UK government agency, blogs and Clarence Mitchell
Forums under attack, blogs will be next
Clarence Mitchell threatens Mr Amaral
Clarence Mitchell re Maddie: "If she's dead, then she's dead but not by their hand"
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ PR adviser, is “using the Government’s services to keep watch on journalists and forum participants.” Says Mr Levy
Clarence Mitchell: The Inside Man?
Clarence Mitchell: The gloves are off!
Key members of "Team McCann"
Joana Morais blog search: Clarence Mitchell
Paulo Reis blog search: Clarence Mitchell
For whom was Clarence Mitchell working?
Who framed Robert Murat?
Why was Gonçalo Amaral removed from the Investigation?
Government interference in McCann case.
Gonçalo Amaral: "The day I was taken off the case, I was preparing the process to bring to Portugal a key witness"
Perverting the course of justice
Clarence Mitchell to join Freud Communications
Clarence Mitchell at last TELLS THE TRUTH!
Some other Government mysteries:
Clarence Mitchell: David Kelly/Hutton Enquiry
The Strange death of Dr David Kelly
Police 'failed to find scientist'
Why did a heat-seeking helicopter fly over the exact spot where David Kelly’s body was found - and detect nothing?
BBC2: Conspiracy Files: David Kelly
David Kelly/Operation Mason: "If Iraq is attacked, then I might be found dead in the woods..."
David Kelly's closest female confidante on why he COULDN'T have killed himself
Lingering questions about Robin Cook's death
The Kincora Scandal
Stephen Milligan: Accident or murder
Clarence Mitchell involved with Princess Diana case
LISTEN TO AUDIO- Clarence RESPONDS To Forum Criticism & MORE - here
Discussion at 3 Arguido's here
Clarence Mitchell's bloopers/clangers and out-takes:
..Mr Mitchell hit back: "It's a great shame that people seem more interested in making money out of Madeleine's disappearance instead of helping the search for her."
Kate and Gerry are not accused of any crime whatsoever. Neither is there any suggestion that any charges are being considered.
"However, Kate and Gerry and their friends welcome the police interviews. The friends are more than happy to co-operate fully, as are Kate and Gerry, although in this case Kate and Gerry will not be re-interviewed." "This has not been requested but Kate and Gerry would have agreed to answer any questions had they police wished to put anything to them.
There is a wholly innocent explanation for any material the police may or may not have found".
This appears to be another disgusting attempt to make money out of their plight."
"An outcome similar to Holly and Jessica is possible. I don't want to, and I can't, talk about Robert Murat but some journalists who worked with me in Soham, and that were now in Portugal, saw resemblances between that case and Robert Murat. And I won't say more."
They don't cry in public, but plenty of tears are shed 'backstage'.
This is not only extremely hurtful to Kate and Gerry but totally disrespectful to Madeleine. The magazine had not sought permission to use Madeleine’s image and the McCanns’ lawyers were now studying the publication.
Kate and Gerry are realistic enough to know that Madeleine may be dead and it would be a tragedy that she is found as such, because it rules out the hope that she is alive... But any widening of the search area is encouraging and we would welcome that. If she is dead then she is dead, but not by their hand.
No decision has been taken on Kate's future yet. She hasn't approached, or been approached by, any children's charities.
It is true that we have requested a meeting with the prime minister to show him the strength of our case, to explain Kate and Gerry's innocence and yet all we've been offered is a medium-level-consular meeting, which we rejected.