Some Notes on Express Journalist James Fielding, Bill Maloney and Jon Wedger

A sensational headline from early 2014, via the Daily Express:

Female MP abused boy in care

A FORMER female MP was involved in a paedophile network at the heart of government, police have been told.

By JAMES FIELDING

She is alleged to have forced a boy in care to perform a “vile” sex act at one of a series of drug-fuelled parties in Westminster in the Eighties where boys and girls as young as 13 were allegedly abused.

Last night her alleged victim told the Sunday Express: “I want justice.”

Andrew Ash, now 45, said he has given Scotland Yard the name of the former MP. We cannot name her for legal reasons.

…He says they were organised by a paedophile ring involving David Smith, Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur who killed himself last year before he was due to stand trial for sex offences.

…He said he is speaking out now because he is frustrated by the lack of action after being interviewed for 70 hours by the Met Police’s Paedophile Unit.

…Dutch intelligence officers attended at least one interview because Andrew told of being trafficked to Amsterdam on a number of occasions to be abused by a group of paedophiles including convicted child killer Sidney Cooke.

…Mr Ash is being helped by anti-abuse campaigners Bill Maloney and [redacted].

The lack of quotation marks in the headline is indicative of the climate back in 2014, at which time any “VIP sex abuse” allegation might receive sensational and uncritical coverage in the media. Of course, the story did not go anywhere – and Ash soon afterwards reeled back from at least one other allegation that appeared in the media. I’ve redacted the last name quoted above due to an unconfirmed report that this person has recently been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice; he was also quoted in an old story published in the Sunday Times back in 1990, which focused on Ash’s Amsterdam claims in relation to the supposed existence of “snuff films” made for a group called “the Elite Twelve”.

Further details about the Express story have been put online by the former pop-singer Brian Harvey, who fell in with Maloney through an interest in conspiracy theories and travelled with him to interview Ash. According to Harvey’s account, the Express journalist James Fielding joined them on the trip, and Fielding’s own interview with Ash provided the material for the above story. Harvey was given the task of videoing Maloney’s subsequent interview with Ash (at which Fielding was not present), and since breaking with Maloney he has published it online. It shows Maloney reading a list of celebrity names to Ash, who confirms that most of them abused him; the list also included a non-celebrity known to Harvey, which Harvey believes was included to manipulate him. Ash comes across as vulnerable, and Maloney as overpowering. I discussed this in more detail here.

Maloney first came to public attention in 2007, after he made a low-budget gangster film; according to Ben Hoyle at The Times:

Lunatic is written and directed by Bill Maloney, 51, a former hod carrier and recovering alcoholic who grew up in care. He also takes the lead role. His wife Maria, 48, stars and produces, while their daughter Regan, 29, is director of photography.

“We are the economy Coppolas,” Mrs Maloney said yesterday at the family’s former council flat in Lewisham, which was remortgaged to fund their unlikely tilt at silver-screen glory.

He was prodded into films by his wife after they watched Gary Oldman’s gruelling drama Nil By Mouth.

…The Maloneys set up Pie ’n’ Mash Films Ltd “to help to capture the dying culture of working-class southeast London” and began making short films with their daughter – fresh from a media and English degree – in charge of cinematography. (1)

Soon afterwards, however, Maloney instead decided to focus on making documentary videos, in which he interviews people about child sex abuse or confronts public figures about the subject. One early video, from 2010, includes an interview with David Icke, who is introduced as “becoming a predominant speaker against child abuse”. Maloney also became a speaker on the subject: in 2015 he addressed a crowd opposite Downing Street, in which he claimed that the refurbishments of Parliament and Buckingham Palace were being undertaken to destroy evidence of child murder, and suggested that the invasion of Iraq had been undertaken because Saddam Hussein knew too much about the subject.

Fielding has written a number of items for the Express relating to child sex abuse conspiracies: these include “Jimmy Savile was part of satanic ring” (again, a headline without quote marks), based on quotes from Valerie Sinason (I previously noted this story here); “‘Police gunman told me to ignore paedophiles’, says ex-child protection officer“, which also includes a quote from Maloney; “BBC embroiled in further scandal as executive ‘filmed Dutch child abuse movies'”; and “Rape victim reveals how her foster father and his army pals abused her as a child“, concerning an author named Esther Grace.

More recently, Fielding has promoted a close associate of Maloney named Jon Wedger, a former police officer who claims that he was bullied out of the Metropolitan Police for attempting to uncover paedophile rings. Wedger describes himself as a police whistleblower, although he says that because he is currently suing the police he cannot yet “name names”. His activism appears to consist mostly of undertaking sponsored walks and bike-rides; he claims that Brian Harvey’s appeals to him to break from Maloney amount to threats against him, although there is nothing in the public domain that would substantiate such an allegation so far as I can see. I discussed some of this previously here.

Fielding introduced Wedger to Sunday Express readers last autumn, in an article headlined “Baby P detective sues ‘bully’ police after exposing child abuse and corruption” (the extent of his involvement with the Baby P case is not clear, although we’re told that he interviewed the child’s mother). A week later, a follow-up article by Fielding appeared focusing on Maggie Oliver, a former officer involved in the Rochdale grooming gang case who “has now decided to speak out to support another detective John Wedger who the Sunday Express revealed last week is suing the Metropolitan Police for a psychiatric injury he suffered as a result of bullying”. Oliver had left the force over how the Rochdale case had been handled, but she now for the first time framed her experience as one of “bullying”, her story comparable to Wedger’s account.

This supposedly spontaneous reaction from Oliver then led a few weeks later to “Police whistleblowers call for independent body to be set up to expose corruption“, which also included reference to the issue being raised by Andrew Bridgen, a frequent rent-a-quote backbench MP who had previously commended Wiltshire Police’s ludicrous investigation into Edward Heath. Wedger has claimed in a video interview with Maloney that Wiltshire’s former Chief Constable Mike Veale has been in a contact with him, supposedly commiserating that “If they’ve been doing this to me as a chief constable, God alone only knows what they’ve been doing to you”.

However, for some reason Fielding’s articles make no reference to Maloney, despite the close connection between Maloney and Wedger that apparently goes back to 2010, and despite Fielding’s previous willingness to quote Maloney and to be led by him to interview Ash.

Fielding also avoids mentioning other connections between Wedger and the conspiracy milieu, as highlighted by a new Hoaxstead blog post:

Since leaving the Met, Wedger has broadened his troofer horizons, linking up with such luminaries as Robert Green, Wilfred Wong, Sacha Stone and his fake “ITNJ” nonsense, the Fresh Start Foundation, and others.

Why is Fielding ignoring these links? (2) Does Andrew Brigden know about them?

Notes

(1) “Pie ‘n’ Mash Films” is also sometimes presented as “Pie and Mash Films”, “Pie & Mash Films” and “Pie’n’Mash Films”. The official YouTube channel is “pnmfilms”. By chance, I recently discovered that there is a framed photo collage dedicated to Maloney’s early work on display next to the gents’ toilet in the basement of the Walpole Bay Hotel on the outskirts of Margate in Kent.

(2) Hoaxstead also notes some strange fundraising pages on two websites:

…“Support4theFamily“, launched last year. It’s not possible to determine how much, if any, this campaign raised, as it’s by direct donation to a bank account.

Then there’s “Funding Morality”, run by the ultra-dodgy Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA; www.JIFGA.org). This U.S.-based organisation was previously known as the JONAH Institute for Gender Affirmation, but changed its name after a series of lawsuits by clients who found their methods both abusive and ineffectual. The organisation is involved in “gay-conversion therapy” for men whose sexual orientation conflicts with their religious beliefs. 

Support4theFamily is a project created by some UKIP supporters, although it doesn’t seem to be an official UKIP group. The page devoted to Wedger was written by Wilfred Wong, an evangelical believer in Satanic Ritual Abuse whom I previously discussed here. Wong’s text also appears on “Funding Morality” – it’s not clear who set up the project page there; it may have been a supporter rather than Wedger himself.