Events this week have yet again been incomprehensible and particularly upsetting.
On Tuesday, the Public Prosecutor in Portugal released a large number of documents (relating to the investigation to find our daughter Madeleine) to the British Media, following their request for access. Disclosing such information publicly greatly jeopardises the search for Madeleine and puts witnesses and innocent members of the general public at risk (as well as causing them great anxiety). Release and publication of information in this manner also potentially compromises future investigations. It is difficult to see how anyone benefits from this week’s actions.
It is imperative that the Authorities take responsibility for sensitive and confidential information. We, together with the general public, need assurances that this will not be allowed to happen again. Equally, we need absolute assurances that all credible information and leads will be investigated.
We also urge each individual working for the media to consider their own personal responsibility – to put commercial interests aside occasionally and to bear in mind the potential consequences of their actions, especially when people’s lives and well-being are at risk.
Our own investigators have acted professionally and with complete integrity. We are eager to encourage anybody who has any information which may relate to Madeleine’s abduction to contact our investigation team directly by phone (0845 838 4699 or 800 814 028), by email (http://firstname.lastname@example.org/) or via the P.O box address given on the website. Information may be given anonymously via each route.
We are incredibly grateful to all those who continue to support us in our search for Madeleine. During weeks such as these, it is invaluable to know that we are not facing this difficult journey alone