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Sunday, May 16, 1999 Published at 03:53 GMT 04:53 UK


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Al-Fayed denies leaking MI6 names

The Sundays suggest MI6 is to investigate Mr al-Fayed

Mohamed al-Fayed has denied he is involved in the naming of MI6 agents on the Internet.

UK newspapers say the Harrods tycoon is to face a security service investigation over the "damaging" scandal.

But Mr al-Fayed has confirmed he was contacted by "rogue spy" Richard Tomlinson, who has denied Foreign Office accusations that he himself is responsible.

Mr al-Fayed said his contacts with Mr Tomlinson were in connection with the 1997 car crash that killed his son, Dodi, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

He said he told the former MI6 agent to direct any information he had to the proper authorities.

Al-Fayed 'to be questioned'

The emergence on the Internet of a list of 116 people apparently involved in secret work for MI6 has been an embarrassment for the government.

Copies of the list have already spread to a number of mirror sites.

Several Sunday newspapers suggest the Egyptian businessman will be questioned about his links with the Website Executive Intelligence Review, which published an early copy of the list last week.

The Sunday Times reports that Mr al-Fayed has twice met Jeffrey Steinberg, a senior correspondent with EIR. The paper says they shared information about MI6's alleged involvement in Diana's, Princess of Wales, death.

The Sunday Telegraph says Mr Tomlinson and Mr al-Fayed met last year in France, and it reports that Mr al-Fayed has links with EIR publisher Lyndon LaRouche.

The paper says the MI6 list was published on the EIR site with an accompanying article highlighting Mr al-Fayed's attempts to prove that the Paris crash was not an accident.

E-mail death threats

The Sunday Telegraph says the security investigation into Mr al-Fayed will be prompted by Tory MP Gerald Howarth tabling a Commons motion.

A spokesman for Mr al-Fayed said: "While Mr al-Fayed believes in a more open society, he does not condone the publication of the names of secret agents, which could expose them to danger.

"Any suggestion to the contrary is wholly irresponsible.

"Tomlinson approached Mr al-Fayed's lawyers, claiming he had information relating to the circumstances of the crash in Paris.

"He was advised to communicate any information to the investigating judge."

Mr Tomlinson told the BBC he has been e-mailed death threats since being accused of publishing the list of names.

Police investigation

He has denied any part in the scandal and has gone into hiding.

He said: "I don't think I'm in danger from MI6, but I did wonder about some of the death threats I received by e-mail."

Police are investigating the leak. The alleged agents are said to include a Cambridge University academic and the son of a former minister.



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