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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Monday, 24 April 2017




This training clip prepared by the OSS in 1942, covers, in quite some detail, how couriers and cut outs operated in the 1940s. In particular it shows a number of ways in which messages were concealed before following through with the subsequent capture and search of the courier.

Various concealment techniques are discussed and shown with specific attention paid to the search techniques applied to captured agents. In the clip you will see how extraordinarily thorough the search is, a full body search that examines every part of the body, ears, eyes, hair, skin and cavities.

When it came to the agents clothes, I think you will be very surprised at what the clip reveals. Labels are removed from clothing as are buttons and the jacket is completely deconstructed.


When the belt is examined at the 18 minute mark of the clip, the search revealed micro writing in secret ink on the surface of the belt with chemicals being used including iodine vapour.

I hope you enjoy watching this short film, I think you will find it casts much light on the Somerton Man case.

Watch the actions of the girl...


I think it is well worth listing and comparing aspects of the SM case and the details of this training film. It is by taking this approach that we can formulate a view of just what happened to the Somerton Man.

Direct comparisons are as follows:

1. Labels removed from clothing
2. Jacket 'de-constructed'
3. Buttons removed
4. Secret micro written message found
5. Shoes de-constructed (in the case of SM, we have only a photograph of the outer of the shoes, there is no photograph that shows the numbers found in the shoe bringing into question whether the shoes in the photograph are in fact the 'real' shoes.
6. Teeth, in the clip teeth and fillings being removed is mentioned. SM had a number of missing teeth and we do not know whether or not they had been missing for some time
7. We have said for some time that iodine vapour may have been used to reveal secret writing, the clip discusses the use of this chemical and UV lighting.
8. In a separate video, the use of dead drop message forwarding is shown. It discusses in particular railway station left luggage lockers. See the OSS training clip below:

The mutual identification method of torn paper was shown in an earlier Fedosimov post, match the paper and confirm the validity of the contact. Once again a strong similarity to the SM case.

The evidence is mounting and it it seems to me to be well past the tipping point leaving little if any doubt that the Somerton Man case is indeed one of espionage.

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