Sunday Times (London), Feb. 4
THE FBI is investigating claims that British and German neo-Nazis helped
to plan the Oklahoma City bombing in which 168 people died.
Lawyers for Timothy McVeigh, one of two men charged with last April's
attack, also allege they have uncovered leads suggesting an
They believe the atrocity may have been intended to avenge the state
execution of Richard Snell, an American neo-Nazi, and that key
components for the bomb may have been obtained in Britain. A London firm
of solicitors, Kingsley Napley, has been employed by McVeigh's defence
to make inquiries in this country.
There was speculation after the arrest of McVeigh, 27, and Terry
Nichols, 40, that the bombing was a revenge attack against the American
government for the Waco siege two years earlier which claimed 90 lives.
A militia organisation in Michigan was reported to be behind the
Defence investigators believe they have now established that McVeigh was
associated with members of the European and American far right,
They are also investigating claims that the bombing was more likely in
retaliation for the execution of Snell, who was executed in Arkansas on
the day of the bombing for the murder of a black trooper and a Jewish
Sources close to the defence team have revealed that Stephen Jones,
McVeigh's attorney, visited London three weeks ago to investigate
British far-right activists and key American neo-Nazis believed to have
been associated with McVeigh. Jones is known to have discussed the
construction of the bomb with security experts during his visit. "We
believe that extremist rightwingers in Europe and America conspired to
bomb the building," said a source close to the defence.
It has now emerged that the federal office building had been of interest
as a possible target to the far right for years. Court documents from a
1988 trial in Arkansas disclose that Snell once planned to bomb it. The
sources said it had also emerged that one leading American neo-Nazi
visited Britain three months before the bombing, and is believed to have
made contact with extremists here.
The defence is understood to have evidence that McVeigh and his
associates made a 40-minute call to the man's office just hours before
the bomb in Oklahoma City was detonated. The man cannot be identified
for legal reasons.
It would be in the interests of McVeigh's defence to portray him as a
fall guy who was part of a wider conspiracy. Any evidence to
substantiate this could make the difference between life imprisonment or
the death penalty.
However, a senior FBI source confirmed last week that the bureau is also
pursuing a possible neo-Nazi link between the Oklahoma City bombers and
British and German extremists.
Last month federal investigators contacted Dennis Mahon, another
American rightwinger. Mahon confirmed to The Sunday Times that the FBI
had contacted him about his links with European neo-Nazis, but denied he
was involved in the bombing.
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