Classified NSA files may hold the key to discovering whether Princess Diana was pregnant when she died, according to a former NSA intelligence official turned whistleblower.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online Bill Binney – a former highly placed intelligence official – said the classified NSA files on Princess Diana could contain details of her movements and conversations in the last days before her death.
And crucially, they could contain intelligence which could finally prove whether she was pregnant when she died.
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi al-Fayed and their driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The princess’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was also seriously injured.
Seven years later, in 2004, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Sir John Stevens, was asked by the coroner of the Queen’s household and the county of Surrey to investigate a number of aspects surrounding the car crash.
What the coroner wanted to know specifically was whether there was any evidence to support an allegation made by Dodi’s father, Mohamed al-Fayed, and his legal team of a conspiracy to murder by the British establishment.
Al-Fayed also claimed that the Princess of Wales was pregnant at the time of her death.
Mohamed Al-Fayed even alleged that Diana’s body was deliberately embalmed shortly after her death to ensure that any pregnancy test at the post-mortem would produce a false result.
In an effort to examine the assertions made by Al-Fayed, Operation Paget was set up and had scientific tests carried out on pre-transfusion blood found in the footwell of the seat in the wrecked Mercedes the Princess of Wales occupied at the time of the accident. In the years after her death, The National Security Agency has been forced to admit it has files on Diana.
The NSA confirmed it holds intelligence, but stressed it had never actively monitored her movements. “The National Security Agency does not target British citizens, and any information that NSA holds that references Princess Diana is purely incidental to its collection,” a spokesman said in 2004.
Numerous attempts by Dodi’s father, Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, to have the documents made public were thwarted by the US authorities, and this fuelled the conspiracy theories that have rocked the monarchy in recent years.
When pressed under the Freedom of Information Act, the NSA acknowledged there were 182 documents running to 1,056 pages which concerned Diana in the possession of US intelligence agencies.
Of these documents is was established that 39 were classified as Top Secret.
The NSA said they were “classified because their disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security”.
However, Daily Star Online can now exclusively reveal that these files may in fact hold crucial information about Princess Diana and the circumstances surrounding her death – and if she was pregnant when she died.
Bill Binney is a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency turned whistleblower who retired on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the agency.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, he said: “‘National security’ is just the general excuse to not have to open up anything they’ve collected.
“They automatically classify it so they gives them an easy blanket excuse to not say anything.
“She was a person of prominence in the UK, she had influence, therefore that’s the type of people they target.”
Mr Binney told the Daily Star the sealed files would contain Diana’s “phone calls, transcriptions of phone calls, email, chatters, short messages, financial transactions, anything that she would have used a credit card for, even her mail, also videos – if you are a target, they keep video, from any file they can acquire”.
The NSA whistleblower said it is “certainly possible” the files could contain information from her and the people around her that she was indeed pregnant before she died.
“If there was any chatter, any exchange of information between anyone involved with the Princess about that then they very likely would have it.”
Mr Binney told Daily Star Online that files on prominent people like Princess Diana should legally be unsealed but are often not.
“I think the system is keeping relevant information that they know under wraps about these types of incident because it might have some impact on political careers, or it could cause an embarrassment,” he claimed.
“I have a very simple argument against that.
“US Executive order 13526 section 1.7.
“This is the regulation that governs the classification of all information in the US government.
“It says, you cannot classify, maintain classified or not declassify any information that’s evidence of a crime, corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, or embarrassment to a person or an agency.
“You cannot use those excuses to classify.
“That means that anything of that nature should automatically be declassified.
“They don’t want to face that particular executive order because it’s very inconvenient.
“Yet most of the material we saw from Snowden was evidence of a crime. That should have been mandatory to be declassified.”
He said the lawful declassification of these high profile seal files applies to the death of Princess Diana, and even John F Kennedy: “That’s what I would argue.”