A theme that keeps coming up over and over on both sides of the Hampstead hoax is the question: “Do Belinda McKenzie and/or Sabine McNeill work for MI5 (or MI6, take your pick)?”
Rumours abound, as do rationales.
Somehow, Belinda in particular seems to have been involved in more than her fair share of sketchy dealings—millions of pounds went missing from her Iran Aid charity, and she was suspected of raising funds not for Iranian orphans, but for the MKO, a terrorist organisation involved in murders and kidnappings. Somehow she managed to dodge the Charities Commission investigation into Iran Aid, and instead went on to found the “Association of Charities”, an organisation whose aim was to investigate the Charities Commission! If you look in the dictionary under “chutzpah”, I’m quite certain you will find Belinda’s picture.
After becoming involved in fundraising for the “Starchild Skull” (another hoax that has been thoroughly scientifically debunked), she inserted herself into the notorious Hollie Greig hoax. Of course, each new hoax came with its own prominent “Donate Now!” button.
Then there are the stories about the “Highgate Hub”, aka “Belinda’s Bunker”, Belinda’s home at 83 Priory Garden, where she’s offered housing to MI5 defectors Annie Machon and David Shayler; “church and state” activists Lola and Declan Heavey (whom she evicted in a long and unpleasant process involving threats of physical harm); Hampstead Research blog owner Charlotte Ward; and more recently Tracey “ALL CAPS” Morris (and possibly her children).
Sabine, as Belinda’s willing lap-dog and principal fart-sniffer, has come in for fewer direct accusations of working for MI5, but we’ve heard her referred to as a shill, a gatekeeper, a dis-info agent….
…we’ve seen no real evidence that either Belinda or Sabine is employed by our (or any other) intelligence service.
Please note: we’re no friends of Belinda or Sabine.
Here at Hoaxtead Research, we’ve worked hard to discredit their lies, to expose the frauds they’ve tried to perpetrate, and to ensure that their actions are reported to the police.
However, that doesn’t mean we believe they’re paid dis-information agents.
The “Isn’t’ it a bit suspicious” approach is exactly what I’m cautious about. The Hoaxteaders do that, while we do robust evidence. And the reason McKenzie gets away with so much has been covered before. She’s always been careful to keep on the right side of the law technically and let others take the flak, though it’s caught up with her now. And if we conclude purely from the fact that someone hasn’t been arrested that they must work for MI5, my concern is that we’ll sound like the Hoaxteaders. Moreover, most of the other Hoaxteaders have not been arrested either. Do they all work for MI5? And sorry, it would seem a very odd way for the intelligence services to work. And what would be their motive? And why would they have allowed Belinda to be served a gagging order? Sorry but I can’t see it as anything more than a baseless conspiracy theory and we’re better than that.
Yes, we are better than that. Unlike some blogs we could name (but won’t bother because we’re pretty sure you know who we mean), we don’t make sweeping accusations based on “don’t you think this is a bit suspicious” or “this doesn’t feel right to me”. Were we to start doing so, we’d be seriously undermining our own credibility. Our job is to report facts, not supposition; we try to stick to an evidence-based approach, to ensure that we don’t fall into the trap of confirmation bias.
That said, if anyone out there has any physical or written evidence that could tie the Gruesome Twosome back to MI5, MI6, or any other such agency, we’re all ears. We’d love to be able to pin this thing down once and for all, but until we can, we’re afraid we must remain unconvinced.