Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Why Would Michael Todd Literally Walk Off A Cliff?

Whenever I watch James Bond movies or anything of that genre I wonder how "Hollywood" some of those scenes are. Especially curious are the ones when the police or some secondary character gets knocked off because they know too much. Well apparently real life and Hollywood share somethings in common, unless it was just sheer coincidence that Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd walked off a cliff when he went hiking Monday.

From RawStory:

Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd, 50, was found dead in Snowdonia, about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said. He had been missing since going out for a walk Monday during his day off.

Whatton said the body, which was found Tuesday afternoon, had not yet been formally identified but he believed it was Todd.

He said a coroner's inquest would investigate the cause of death and did not give any further details.

Todd was elected vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales in 2006, according to a biography on his Web site.

The association gave him the task of looking into accusations that Britain allowed the CIA to use the country's airports to fly terrorism suspects to other countries without any extradition hearings, a clandestine procedure known as "extraordinary rendition."

His report denied that there was anything amiss between the CIA and Britain, but who really knows what went on behind closed doors. The world of intelligence, as flawed as it is, is still quite mysterious to say the least. Interestingly enough, last month Britain admitted to the U.S. using outposts in the Indian Ocean, but honestly no one knows if Todd was a part of the release of that information. And now Michael Todd will never tell us.