Harry Spencer was in charge of both ships at Greenore and he assigned the general work to employees of the Dundalk Engineering Works. But on the mv Mi Amigo, Gordon McLendon sent over his engineering emissary named Milan Leggett. He was in charge of the transmitters. Here he is at work at Greenore in this repeating clip:
Milan made sure that the Mi Amigo was not used for broadcasting to the United Kingdom until the mv Fredericia had passed the 'Hovering Acts' test. When that happened, George Saunders took over, and Milan returned to the USA.
The story of Milan Leggett is wrapped within the story that links back to Charles (Bill) Weaver's claims in his book (cover shown left), that the mv Mi Amigo; ex-Magda Maria; ex-Bon Jour off Sweden, which had been the home of Radio Nord; was tied to an ultra-secretive Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) project. We have lately been in contact with the Weaver family, and we have obtained copies of Bill Weaver's original manuscripts which are very different to the version that ended up in this book.
The reason for bringing this to your attention now, is because it would appear that 'someone' did not want Weaver (who was dying of cancer at the time), to publish his original manuscript as written, and which had gone through several rewrites. It is not unusual for the intelligence services to either redact (by blocking out text), or to change text. That is what happened to David Atlee Phillips in his book 'The Night Watch' - about which we will have more to say later on, because Phillips remained the best friend of Gordon McLendon for life.
For example, in his book, Phillips changed the CIA asset 'front' company which owned 'Radio Swan', from Gibraltar Steamship Company to 'Gulf Steamship Company' in order to get an okay from CIA censors. Today we know that the real name was 'Gibraltar' and not 'Gulf'.
Weaver's book by a dying man, was actually finished and published by a ghost-writer, and not by Weaver.
We also know that the Paul Harris English translation of the Jack Kotshack book about 'Radio Nord', which was originally written in the Swedish language, is a redacted and somewhat different version than the original.
The reason why this is important to note relates to the activities of Ove Sjöström whose background story is intertwined with the mythology about Arthur Carrington. Ove did work on 'Radio Nord', but his lack of qualifications as a radio engineer led George Saunders to sack him. George thought that Ove was responsible for the engineering mess on the mv Caroline (ex-Fredericia), when that was undoubtedly the result of deliberate sabotage performed by employees of Dundalk Engineering Works.
It is this layer upon layer of lies that takes so much time and money to untangle in order to get to the truth, that makes people like Paul Rusling so annoying. When Rusling stole some of our research and then twisted it to support more lies, it made our existing job that much more difficult, because now a new generation have come to believe something that is totally untrue.
Instead of just relating the facts in a storyline, some readers pop-up and start asking about Ronan O'Rahilly and 'Jimmy Ross' - a person who never existed. But now they think that he did because so many writers and broadcast scriptwriters have claimed that he did!
So we have to go step-by-step in untangling this deliberately confused mess.
Some of that confusion can be blamed on poor journalism and hack writers for profit like Rusling, but some of it has the imprint of the secret services upon it. To this day George Saunders is reluctant to discuss certain topics because he signed the UK 'Official Secrets Act', and that document allows censors to create new criminal breaches and prosecutions out of mere reference to activities of the past that could unravel hidden secrets!
Milan Leggett (now deceased) was a U.S. citizen working for Gordon McLendon, and that was both before and after the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald in McLendon's home base at Dallas, Texas. McLendon was also heavily involved in the Republic of Ireland prior to the advent of 'Radio Caroline', and his KLIF radio station in Dallas also became involved in the life and times of Jack Ruby who murdered Lee Harvey Oswald, who may, or may not have murdered John F. Kennedy. Not too many people have paid attention to the time before that chain of events began, when Lee Harvey Oswald showed up at Southampton, England.
Like it or not, we have to plod along documenting detail after detail in order to reveal the true story behind the creation of Radio Caroline.
[Updated and expanded text since first publication on this Blog.]