INSIDE THE INVESTIGATION WEEK THREE Part 9:
On Thursday, February 27, I had issued a press
release expressing the family's frustration with Cambodian Police
foot-dragging, deliberately worded in a way intended to embarrass the
Cambodians. [See previous Page 11].
The wording was carefully selected on the advice of colleagues who were
familiar with both Cambodia and the Cambodian Police. Tammy Madon
and I discussed the press release, its intention, she reviewed it, and
approved it in writing the day before it was finalized and issued the
From: Tammy Madon
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:21 AM
To: 'Peter Vronsky'
Subject: RE: Draft of Update
This is a good draft , very well put together.
Talk to you tomorrow.
I’ve left a message for Constable Jim Gurney at the Edmonton
Police Dept. 780-421-2202 requesting his assistance in pushing
this towards a criminal investigation if he can.
He is from the missing persons dept. so he may not have much
power to do anything other than follow up on leads and updates.
"YOU ARE NOT TH STORY. YOU ARE NOT PRIVY TO
WHAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS NOW TAKING PLACE. YOU HAVE HARMED
THIS INVESTIGATION. YOU MAY DEAL A FATAL BLOW DIRECTLY AS A RESULT OF
On the third Friday since Dave's disappearance, I
also received the first of many e-mail I would get from Nate Thayer, ALL
WRITTEN IN BIG SHOUTY BLOCK LETTERS. Thayer's crazed e-mails would
now become the left hand of Richard Ehrlich's incoherent rants.
From: Nate Thayer
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:32 PM
To: Peter Vronsky
Subject: Regarding releasing confidential
information that will directl fuck up current
THIS EMAIL IS CONFIDENTIAL AND PROHIBITED BY LAW
FROM BEING DISTRIBUTED OR ITS CONTENTS DISSEMINATED
IN ANY WAY IN WHOLE OR IN PART TO ANYONE
I have been forwarded your message to Richard THAT
YOU ARE ABOUT TO RELEASE PUBLICLY CONFIDENTIAL
INFORMATION YOU OBTAINED ON THE BASIS OF KEEPING IT
LET ME BE DIRECT. YOU WILL DIRECTLY HARM EXTREMELY
SENSITIVE INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE AT A CRITICAL
JUNCTURE REGARDING DAVE'S CASE IF YOU DO SO. YOU
HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF EFFORTS LONG UNDERWAY THAT HAVE
PROVEN CRITICALLY EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL. YOU HAVE
NO KNOWLEDGE OF CAMBODIA. AND YOU HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE
OF THE INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN CAMBODIA. THEREFORE
YOU ARE ENTIRELY UNQUALIFIED TO SPEAK ON MATTERS
REGARDING THE ABOVE.
yOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY TAMMY TO MAKE NO PUBLIC
COMMENTS AT ALL.
yOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE INVESTIGATIONS FOR MANY
DAYS ON THE GROUND HAVE INVOLVED NOR THE PROGRESS
YOUR COMMENTS AND PUBLIC STATEMENTS PUBLISHED TODAY
HAVE DIRECTLY AND SUBSTANTIVELY CAUSED GREAT DAMAGE
TO THE EFFORTS TO RESOLVE THE INVESTIGATION OF
IF YOU RELEASE ANY INFORMATION OR MAKE ANY PUBLIC
COMMENTS USING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION YOU OBTAINED
OR MAKE ANY COMMENTS CLAIMING TO BE ACTING ON BEHALF
OF DAVE'S FAMILY, WE WILL ENSURE THAT THEY ARE
WIDELY REVEALED FOR WHAT THEY ARE--INACCURATE,
DAMAGING AND MISREPRESENTING YOURSELF.
yOU ARE NOT TH STORY. YOU ARE NOT PRIVY TO WHAT ARE
VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS NOW TAKING PLACE. YOU
HAVE HARMED THIS INVESTIGATION. YOU MAY DEAL A FATAL
BLOW DIRECTLY AS A RESULT OF YOUR ACTIONS IF YOU
MAKE ANY MORE PUBLIC STATEMENTS, MANY OF THEM
DEMONSTRABLY PROVABLE AS SIMPLY FALSE, THAT HAVE
ANTAGONIZED AND SET BACK THE INVESTIGATION, AND THAT
HAVE DAMAGED THE INTERESTS OF DAVE AND THOSE WORKING
HARD TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING THE EFFORTS TO
RESOLVE THIS MATTER, PLEASE SIMPLY SAY NOTHING.
i WILL NOT BE DEVOTING ANY MORE EFFORTS TO BEING
DISTRACTED BY YOUR COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND DAMAGING
COMMENTS--UNLESS YOU MAKE MORE OF THEM. THEN
MESSAGES WILL BE SENT OUT BY MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE
DIRECTLY COMPLAINED THAT YOUR UNINFORMED ACTIONS AND
STATEMENTS SHOULD BE ENTIRELY DISCOUNTED AS
UNRELIABLE AND HARMFUL AND YOU ARE ACTING ON YOUR
OWN HARMING INVESTIGATIVE EFFORTS.
aND TO PREMEPT A REPEAT OF YOUR PREVIOUS COMMENTS,
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYONE SPERSONAL
INTERESTS BUT DAVE AND HIS FAMILY. THIS HAS NOTHING
TO DO WITH YOU. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. YOU
HAVE NOTICED THAT I HAVE MADEEXACTLY NO PUBIC
COMMENTS. I HAVE MADE EXACTLY NO SPECULATION OFN
SOCIAL MEDIA. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN MY NAME BEING
PUBLISHED OR BEING A SPOKESMAN ETC. I DO HAVE AN
INTEREST IN ENSURING A QUICK RESOLUTION THROUGH AN
I SUGGEST YOU HEED THE ADVICE OF ME, RICHARD, TAMMY
AND DOZENS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE COMPLAINED YOUR
ACTIONS AND COMMENTS ARE DOING DIRECT AND
IRREVERSIBLE HARM TO DAVE'S CASE. tHE BEST THING YOU
CAN DO AT THE MOMENT TO HELP THE INVESSTIGATION IS
SIMPLY DO AND SAY NOTHING.
Thayer was lying. There were no "very
important developments" taking place and the tragic finale of this case
attests to the depth of Thayer's lie. But Thayer was right about one
thing. Tammy indeed asked me not to make any further public
statements. She framed it in terms of "others" advising her not to
make further statements. I did not second-guess Tammy, and again
did not ask her out of respect who the "others" were. I did not
feel sufficiently confident about my knowledge of events unfolding on
the ground in Cambodia to challenge Tammy on the wisdom of now
maintaining silence. Thayer's above e-mail, further made me
unsure. At that early stage, I had no way of knowing just how Potemkin
Village crazy Thayer's investigation was.
Thayer was essentially selling to me that the Salao Mao - Andy Long
connection was a dead end. When Thayer shouted, that I have "NO
IDEA WHAT THE INVESTIGATIONS FOR MANY DAYS ON THE GROUND HAVE INVOLVED
NOR THE PROGRESS MADE", it was true, he was not telling me anything. For
all I could know at that moment, Thayer could have located Dave in
captivity and was negotiating a ransom. One wrong move from me and
Dave could be dead.
Now that I know that Thayer was lying all that time, I have taken the
trouble to lay out in detail every sick lie and twisted thing Thayer did
to ensure that today we are completely in the dark as to what happened
to Dave Walker. Back then I had no reason, like many, not to believe
"We would be happy to help on a pro bono basis."
As all this was happening, a new player was pushing his way into the
investigation. An American attorney based in Phnom Pehn, Bradley Gordon
Bradley Gordon Associates.
He was the founding partner and managing director
Cambodia Emerald Limited Partnership, a
$100 million equity investment fund (Cayman
Islands Registry Tax identification number: 23603)
that Gordon co-founded with Peter Brimble, who split from Leopard
Cambodia Fund of Douglas Clayton, former director of Knight Asia Group,
Heinrich Looser, former chief of banking at the Zurich based Bank Julius
Baer and Jim Walker, former director of CLSA Securities. Brad Gordon's
name appears with the Hun Sen in the
"Peace Foundation" along with other
heavy-hitters. Cambodia Emerald Limited never raised the target
funding and subsequently closed their operations due to the
financial crisis and cancelled fundraising. See:
Internet Archive www.cambodiaemerald.com
In the masses of e-mails
and Facebook messages, I at first missed his earlier messages. In
hindsight I should have been more suspicious of how urgently he seemed
to be pushing himself into the case. I should have asked myself
why a corporate attorney was so eager and desperate to get involved in
what was essentially a criminal case, and to do it "pro bono."
I would foolishly forward Brad Gordon's message to Tammy, suggesting
that she think about accepting his offer.
Peter, I have a law firm in Phnom Penh
(Gordon & Associates - www.gordonassociates.asia). We may be
able to assist on a discrete basis (with no publicity) given
some past work we have done in the Siem Reap area. Can we skype?
Peter, We would provide some assistance pro
bono as we have several clients in the arts here. I can be
reached on skype - brad_gordonassociates.asia Look forward to
hearing from you.
Peter, I wrote to you the other day and have
sent a message to Tammy. I have a law practice in Phnom Penh
(www.gordonassociates.asia). We would be happy to help on a pro
bono basis. I do not know Dave personally, but am sure that we
are only a few steps away in terms of friends of friends. Please
feel free to skype/call me as needed. I was in Siem Reap last
weekend and stayed about two streets away from the Green
Village. I speak Khmer and asked two tuk tuk drivers about
Dave's disappearance - neither of them were aware of his
disappearance. Also, I asked the hotel manager (a westerner)
where I was staying and he was totally unaware - this was about
4 days ago. I believe this means the news is not getting out
enough to the local hotel owners/tuk tuk drivers. The best place
to start may be the Golden Banana which is within a 5 minute
walking distance of Green Village. They have a number of guides/tuk
tuk drivers there who may have seen Dave on that day.
Valentine's Day is a very popular day in Cambodia so the Khmers
would remember that specific day well. I don't think they would
recognize a head photo alone unless they had seen him many times
before. Better to do a full body shot and ideally find out what
color clothes Dave was wearing the day he disappeared (someone
needs to ask the maid and the receptionist). They have amazing
memory for objects (e.g. if he was carrying a bag or even if you
can figure out the water bottle brand, they may remember the
shape of the bottle). I would bet they might remember a single
item of clothing. Photos of a face alone (of a westerner) will
be difficult for them. The tuk tuk drivers nearby really must be
interviewed - I would recommend a small team - 2 or 3 people.
Whoever has been driving him around, may be able to recall
exactly where he went the day before and in the morning. Dave is
likely to have used the same 1-2 tuk tuk drivers. You need to
raise awareness among the tuk tuk drivers - we can talk more via
skype. Khmers watch tv - that's how they get their news - not
newspapers, not signs, etc. If you want to get out the word
about Dave locally, you need a local tv program to run a 30
second piece on him missing. I can put you in touch with a news
broadcaster who might be willing to do a short piece on Dave. I
am in Siem Reap every 1-2 weeks and will be there again next
Monday. Please don't publish my name on your website. Given all
of my friends in film/journalism, I wanted to offer some
insights, which might be helpful. Best, Brad (Brad_GordonAssociates)
/ 855 16 503 727.
Brad thanks so much. I just found this
message tucked away on Facebook now. This is very valuable. Will
be in touch.
Ok. Talk soon.
You can also call me on viber +855 78 777
Hindsight they say is always 20/20.
Tammy I am also thinking. Dave
probably paid for his room by the month
and February is ending. Perhaps you
should call the Guest House and check.
So they don't just throw his stuff out
Tammy, I made brief contact with
Sonny last night. I don't know if he is
sincere or can be trusted, but I am
going to ask him to send us all the
phone numbers and calls made on Dave's
phone and ask him if he would write out
a statement for us, since he was
complaining that the police have not
I know you are wiped. I am sending to
your e-mail a rough draft of a long term
operational plan. [see
Page 8] How we maybe can
mobilize for the next week, or month or
months to get this resolved. Its not
completely finished, but 90 percent.
Take a look before you go to bed. We can
talk maybe tomorrow or the weekend.
Unless something super urgent breaks.
Going into the e-mail now and I am going
I don't sonny can be trusted. And I
don't think we should release any more
info to the media. There is too much
coming at us. We should only discuss the
case with investigators or Canadian
officials. I spoke to Dave's lawyer and
she is advising me what to do next
What I am sending you is not for the
media but for us. You might want to take
it by the lawyer, see what they say
And maybe Caitlin Fisher might have
some inside news for us when she gets
back from Ottawa this weekend. I'll hold
off writing Parizeau about whether
photos were taken of Dave's room and the
other questions until you talk to your
lawyer. Maybe she will want to add
questions or talk directly with
Parizeau. It does not have to be me. She
is your lawyer.