In 2007, Christian Attard wrote on a Forum 'Pierre Plantard fut-il membre de services de renseignements?'
"Sa fréquentation très jeune, de multiples sociétés secrètes et donc à leur tête (comme encore aujourd'hui de personnages très influents et sensiblement placés), son arrivisme peu regardant. Sous des dehors d'occultisme, certains chercheurs (Baigent, leight et Lincoln) ont remarqué le rôle essentiel joué par Plantard en soutien au Général de Gaule en 1958 sous le nom de « capitaine voie ». il fut pourtant condamné pour escroquerie en 1953. D'autres ont souligné ses manœuvres au sein de cercles catholiques dès 1950 et ses allers venus dans l 'église Saint Sulpice (source Wikipédia..à corroborer)"
(http://rennes-le-chateau-archive.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=168. Downloaded 26th January 2013).
What's fascinating is that there were Insurance Officers somehow linked to Plantard in the early 1960's, and that they were placed at Rennes-le-Chateau in 1966. Raymond Sagarzazu mentioned to me the following information:
1) COOK Ernest Léonard né le 12-04-1908 à Londres
Insurance Officer 64 Holmer Avenue
A séjourné à l’hôtel du 16-06-1966 au 17-06-1966
2) BOWDEN Georges né le 08-06-1908 à Edimbourg Secrétaire
A séjourné à l’hôtel du 22-06-1966 au 23-06-1966
3) ECHERN Duncand né le 09-03-1915 à Londres
Directeur Clinpstead KENT A séjourné à l’hôtel du 21-06-1966 au 23-06-1966.
At least the first name, Ernest COOK, appears to be an Insurance Officer. I am assuming that the other names are also linked to Insurance.
These three were staying at the hotel at Rennes-le-Chateau (really the Villa Bethania which Noel CORBU had turned into a hotel and added a restaurant underneath the Belvedere - but by the dates of the stay of the English Insurance Officers the villa was owned by Henri BUTHION) on the dates given above. I was informed by another researcher that this stay of the three names above all "pertain to Plantard's London safe deposit and the PS insurance / MI-6 connection".
MI-6 connection???? Are the Insurance Officers linked to Intelligence Agencies? What are they doing at Rennes? To meet Plantard? To investigate the affair of Rennes? If so, then it was at least 10 years earlier than the events reported in the Messsianic Legacy which involved other Insurance Officers.
Of course i have read Lincoln et al and their research in 'Messianic Legacy' - but i do not recall these names of the above Insurance representatives being mentioned.
The information regarding the involvement of Insurance personel is related here;
"In 1978 Philippe de Chèrisey repeated the parchments had been sold by Madame James to Captain Ronald Stanmore and Sir Thomas Frazer, adding they were deposited in a Safe deposit box of Lloyds Bank; and following an article in The Daily Express, "the demand for the recognition of Merovingian rights made in 1955 and 1956 by Sir Alexander Aikman, Sir John Montague Brocklebank, Major Hugh Murchison Clowes and nineteen other men in the office of Notary Public, P. J. F. Freeman." In 1981 Plantard circulated a French newspaper cutting of unknown provenance stating the parchments were stored in a Safe deposit box of Lloyds Bank, London.
A book published in 1983 by Louis Vazart reproduced two fake "notarised documents" allegedly dating from October 1955 naming Captain Ronald Stansmore Nutting (altered from Captain Ronald Stansmore), Major Hugh Murchison Clowes and the Right Honourable Viscount Leathers as the legal owners of the parchments discovered by Saunière "whose value cannot be estimated", and requesting the parchments - all containing proof of the survival of the line of Dagobert II - to be removed from France. The Notary Public was named as Maître Patrick Francis Jourdan Freeman.
Another "notarised document" that was later reproduced in Vaincre Number 1 (1990), gave the caption "after a photograph taken by Etienne Plantard in London in 1958", naming only Captain R.S. Nutting as the owner of the "parchments". The firm of solicitors was given as John Newton & Sons, London.
In 1989, when Plantard revised his claims about the Priory of Sion, it was stated in a 1989 issue of Vaincre: "The parchments of Blanche of Castile were in Etienne Plantard's safe-deposit box in London since November 1955 and they did not 'mention' Dagobert, or a Dagobert II and Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair was never 'a Merovingian pretender' to the throne of France: His lineage results from the Counts de Rhédae and by the female line of Saint Clair-sur-Epte, which has no relationship with 'Sinclair'." "
In the 1990's it was later claimed that "The previous claims found in the notarised documents published in Vazart's book in 1983 were made out of "errors of decipherment" and were falsified because of "political pressures of 1956"!!!
Does this not suggest the Insurance involvement goes back much further in time?
We may even ask ourselves why Insurance companies had anything to do with Rennes-le-Chateau and Plantard at all? Why would they even be involved in Rennes as well as Safe Deposit boxes considering it (the Rennes Affair) was all supposed to be a hoax? Did the Insurance Companies become embroiled after Plantard made contact with them? So involved that they attended Rennes and stayed there for several days??
The mention of MI 6 sounds even more bizarre.
"The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as
MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6) is the agency which supplies Her Majesty's Government with foreign intelligence. It operates under the formal direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) alongside the internal Security Service (MI5), the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Defence Intelligence (DI)".
Is the affair of Rennes - as recounted by Michael Bentine - of interest to Intelligence Agencies? In an interview with Guy Patton was this following exchange;
"DR: You’ve said that a former British Intelligence agent, Michael Bentine warned the Rennes le Chateau Research Group that they “were getting into dangerous territory?” What was the danger? Can you elaborate on this story?
GP: Michael Bentine was probably alluding to the existence of the “stay behind operations” and the involvement of right wing politics. This aspect of the Rennes-le-Chateau story was first hinted at in the Messianic Legacy by Baigent, Lincoln and Leigh and has been further explored in Web of Gold. The stakes in European politics are very high and I think that there has been an attempt to dissuade research into certain critical areas".
Michael Bentine himself ' was transferred to RAF Intelligence and seconded to MI9, a unit that was dedicated to supporting resistance movements and helping prisoners escape. His immediate superior was the Colditz escapee Airey Neave'. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bentine).
This is possibly an under-researched area of the Rennes Affair. Fascinating that Bentine would say the Affair was 'dangerous territory'. One wonders in what way it is 'dangerous'.
If anyone has further helpful information about the three above names supplied as Insurance Officers staying at Rennes-le-Chateau in 1966 please contact me as i am trying to research this aspect more thoroughly.
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