| Christopher Shale |
|Born||23 August 1954|
|Died||25 June 2011 (Age 56)|
Cause of death
|Victim of||premature death|
|Interests|| • David Cameron|
• South African nuclear weapons
Christopher Shale was Prime Minister David Cameron's constituency chairman. He died in 2011 under suspicious circumstances. According to some theories, he was murdered because it was feared Shale was “going wobbly” on the Conservatives, and that he might reveal the dark past of Tory involvement in nuclear weapons smuggling.
Shale, Chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, was not only a “big rock” in David Cameron’s life but a key ally credited with guiding him all the way from his Oxfordshire constituency to Downing Street. Shale was a director of the Centre for Policy Studies between 2001 and 2005 and a sponsor of the eurosceptic thinktank OpenEurope.
Shale died of a heart attack at the Glastonbury Festival. Prior to the discovery of his body, in a portable toilet, he had been reported missing for 18 hours. Arthur Soames, the friend who found him, said the body was "bloodied from a burst vessel in his nose".
Two days later, the coroner stated more tests were to be carried out to try to establish what caused his death, saying the cause of death was "unascertained" pending further histology and toxicology tests. He still released the body to the family for a funeral, saying there was "no suspicion of foul play". Police and sources close to the family said they believed Shale died of a massive heart attack.
All corporate media reports stressed that there was nothing suspicious with the death, including dismissing claims of suicide.
Soames was warned by Downing Street officials that a sensitive memo written by him had been leaked to a Sunday newspaper shortly before he died at the Glastonbury festival. The Prime Minister had been aware of the note's existence and there is deep concern inside Downing Street that its contents, known only to a small number of people, had been disclosed. But according to the Guardian, the paper was essentially only "a strategy document setting out how to recruit members."
The widow, Nicola Shale MBE (later remarried as Nicola Williams-Ellis), paid tribute to her husband and hit out at "inaccurate speculation" regarding his death. She said: "It was always obvious to us, and confirmed very soon afterwards, that my husband, my darling husband, died of natural causes. It has been a cause of great regret to our children, to Chris's family and all our friends, that so much inaccurate speculation has appeared in the media with regard to the circumstances of his death."
A political assassination?
Linking Shale's death to that of David Kelly, Wayne Madsen claimed that "A well-placed UK source has informed Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) that the suspicious death of Prime Minister David Cameron’s friend and political adviser, Christopher Shale, found dead in a portable toilet on June 25 at the Glastonbury Festival, was, in fact, a political assassination designed to silence an emerging critic of Conservative Party policies.
According to this line of reasoning, Shale was familiar with Cameron’s role in the re-selling of South Africa’s nuclear materials, with the proceeds going into the political coffers of the Conservative Party. Kelly and Shale were reportedly both aware that some of the South African nuclear weapons technology ended up, via an international arms smuggling network, in the hands of North Korea, which tested a nuclear bomb on May 25, 2009."
As South Africa began to transition from apartheid to majority rule in the early 1990s, Shale, a British Army veteran, visited South Africa as part of a UKaid (Department of International Development) mission. After leaving the army, Shale established two companies, SGL Communications and Oxford Resources Ltd. Shale also visited Rwanda on numerous occasions as part of his work for UKaid. There is some evidence that Shale was involved with MI6 activities in Africa.
It was Shale’s work in South Africa, establishing links with the African National Congress and other black political parties in an attempt to undo some of the damage resulting from Margaret Thatcher’s support for the apartheid regime, that put him in contact with the British Ministry of Defense scientist charged with overseeing the transfer of South Africa’s nuclear weapons and other nuclear materials to Western hands, and who presumably gave him the story. That scientist was Dr. David Kelly, Britain’s foremost authority on weapons of mass destruction, who was found dead from a reported “suicide” near his Oxfordshire home on July 17, 2003.