The head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch has announced that his officers working with the Tunisian authorities have established a link between the beach massacre in Sousse and an earlier attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
This was presented as a breakthrough. In reality, credible evidence of that link had been found by the Tunisian authorities – and journalists – in the week after the Sousse killings in June and widely reported at the time.
Commander Richard Walton also “revealed” that claims made by tourists of a second gunman at the scene might not be correct. His investigators retained an “open mind” on the matter but now believed the “person was a beach security officer who had tried to stop the killer”.
The “second gunman”, whose supposed existence fuelled conspiracy theories, was in fact a 29-year-old local man who worked for a firm renting out jet-skis. I interviewed him at the time, after he had been questioned and cleared by Tunisian police.