Recent email from BBC producer reads as a stasi charge sheet, October 2020:
Dear Vanessa Beeley,
I am writing to inform you know that I will be broadcasting a series called ‘Mayday’ about James Le Mesurier and the White Helmets on BBC Radio 4 and it will also be available to download on BBC Sounds.
I want to let you know that you and your views on James Le Mesurier and the White Helmets are likely to be discussed in some detail. Although I tried on numerous occasions to invite you to contribute in the form of an interview and tried to accommodate your concerns, you declined to take part in the programme.
I would like to let you know some of the things which we are currently considering for inclusion that concern you and your ideas in case you would like to provide any clarifications or statements or indeed an interview.
That you are an anti-establishment activist who has devoted a lot of your time over the last few years to the idea that James Le Mesurier was a secret service agent running a fake group of rescue workers in Syria.
That you promote a story of the war in Syria in which the Syrian and Russian states are the victims of a huge Western conspiracy involving the White Helmets and James Le Mesurier.
That you contribute to and spread conspiracy theories.
That the Russian government and Russian funded and controlled media such as RT and Sputnik Radio have helped promote you and your ideas.
That the Syrian government has provided you with visas and state escorts and suggested places you could visit.
That you were motivated by the suffering of children during your experiences in Gaza.
That you have expressed anti-Semitic views, including blog posts and images posted on social media.
That you see Britain as the corrupting force behind a lot of the horror in the world.
We have investigated many of your claims in relation to the White Helmets and James Le Mesurier – for example that the White Helmets fake their rescue videos or that James Le Mesurier and the White Helmets were involved in organ trafficking – and we found them not to have any substance.
That you self-identify as a journalist although you have no formal training and do not conduct yourself with the rigour of a professional journalist.
That you have not contacted the White Helmets, Mayday Rescue or James Le Mesurier (when he was alive) and his family in order to check your facts or to get their response to your allegations about them.
That you are pro-Assad and you allow yourself to be used as a tool by and that you promote the propaganda of the Syrian government, turning a blind eye to human rights violations carried by the Syrian military and that you give public talks as part of state sanctioned tours for visitors to Syria.
That you promote the propaganda of the Russian government.
That when questioned about whether you are paid by the Russian or Syrian states you have said that you are self-funded through the sale of your house. Do you have anything you wish to add to this?
That you have shifted your focus in recent months to conspiracies about Covid-19.
That you call the White Helmets a ‘legit target’ in order to back the right of the Syrian and Russian military in their efforts to bomb them.
One lawyer who we have spoken to tells us that someone who spends time with Syrian ministers and who is publicly calling for humanitarian workers to be bombed may be liable to face charges of aiding and abetting, inciting or conspiring to commit a crime under international law. This could appear to apply to you. Do you have anything you wish to respond to this?
If you would like to respond in any way, either with clarification or else to comment on the above please do so within the next 5 working days. If you have not replied by 5pm on Monday 19th October we will say in the programme that we approached you for a response but that you declined.
BBC Current Affairs
Senior Reporter/ Producer