On January 3rd 1915 Mansfeldt de Cardonnel Findlay, British Minister in Christiania, (now Oslo,) offered,
IN WRITING, on Behalf of HMG, £5,000 and free passage in America,to a Norwegian citizen, to murder
Roger Casement. The Minister had interviewed the citizen a number of time since he had been seized in
the capital of his own country by some of the Minister’s goons, bundled into a car and forced through the
back door of the Legation in October 1914. Together with the written promise Findlay had given the citizen
the backdoor key to his Legation. Norway was a neutral country and Britain was stridently solicitous for
the safety and integrity of neutrals.
In October 1915, in Belgium, Nurse Edith Cavell was shot, after a German Court Martial, for passing information
to the British who had declared war on Germany and were waging it.
The British maintained she had not done so, and THE TIMES claimed shortly after that the execution had been
Worth two Army Corps to the British, as tens of thousands of chilvalrous men flocked to their Colours to
avenge the “atrocity. ” The Church of England, presumably similarly inspired, inscribed Edith Cavell in its
Calendar of Saints.
In October 2015, on the centenary of the nurse’s “martyrdom” Dame Stella Rimington, a former
Director of MI5 confirmed that Cavell was guilty as charged and convicted by the Germans, who had
her, as the saying goes “BANG TO RIGHTS”.
As the British Government was plotting the killing of Roger Casement without charge or trial in 1914
it is unsurprising that when they got their hands on him in 1916 that they ensured he didn’t escape
that fate. Born in Dublin, arrested in Kerry, he had to be moved to London to be sure, to be sure.
He was charged before an English jury,who found him guilty of treason, but his worldwide reputation
as the champion of victims of injustice is said to have minded the Archbishop of Canterbury to ask for
a reprieve. It seems that having been shown papers of doubtful provenance, with no bearing on the trial
or sentence he changed his mind.
The Canonisation of Cavell and the Demonisation of Casement served British Political Aims and had
the same source.
I don’t expect, from its record, that Britain’s Establishment will come clean on the defamation of Casement.
And the Irish Establishment, God help us, Is too preoccupied with its own precious back passages to seek
an apology from the British Government for the defamation of a great Irish internationalist humanitarian
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