Lockerbie — A Quick Note on the ‘Imperfections’ of PT/35(b)

“I am asked what characteristics led us to this conclusion. I would say the layout of the circuit was the same. There were also imperfections in the circuit itself which were observable in the photograph from Scotland and also in the complete timer. It was alike a fingerprint.”

FBI SSA Thomas Thurman

 

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PT/35(b)

During his Defense precognition, FBI Thomas Thurman said:

“I am asked what characteristics led us to this conclusion. I would say the layout of the circuit was the same.

There were also imperfections in the circuit itself which were observable in the photograph from Scotland and also in the complete timer.

(Note: That is the infamous timer the CIA ‘brought back’ from Togo…)

It was alike a fingerprint.”

One of these “imperfections” is clearly visible on upper track of PT/35(b). As I have never seen the Togo timer board, I simply do not know that Thurman is correct when he said that these “imperfections” are identical.  But the information makes sense. The similarity of these imperfections would be like a fingerprint indeed. [NOTE: Thurman is obviously wrong about the lower track which appears perfectly fine on PT/35(b) at least.]

Below is a film that THURING used to make the MST-13 boards. Let us ask ourselves a very simple question: Does this “imperfection” appear on every of the 5 templates?

Statement by Urs Bonfadelli

Urs Bonfadelli was a manager at THURING AG from January 1985 to December 1989. In a 2009 affidavit, Bondafelli explained the following facts:

“I was responsible for the production of this order and meeting the deadline. The circuit diagram was provided by Mebo and this had to be photographed and reduced by a ratio of 2: 1. A negative film was produced and five prints were made on each sheet of the basic material. The basic material was fibreglass with copper coating on both sides. The boards were bought from a company called Isola in Breitenbach, Switzerland. The “5 x 5″ reference (…) is to the fact that each board had five prints, so 25 prints would be made in all.”

Take a good look at these templates!

Here is the second print from the left. And the tracks appear to be perfect. [By the way, Ulrich Lumpert — the Mebo employee who designed the board — told the investigators that the tracks of the THURING boards should always be perfect. Lumpert is right and I will explain why at a later time.]

But now, let us look at the one on the far right. Here the imperfection may be visible, at least on the upper track. What is happening here?

So, let us summarize. The link between Libya and Lockerbie was made because the CIA had a MST-13 timer (from Togo) from which they could identify PT/35(b). And it is this “imperfection” of the upper track that makes this identification believable.

Now, that “imperfection” does not show up in some of these 5 prints of the THURING film and is barely observed in one of them.

Clearly then, PT/35(b) — ASSUMING for now that he was made using some information from THURING — would have been made from the same ‘print’ that was used to make the Togo timer. Pretty lucky, don’t you think? Only a child would believe this story.

Samples from MEBO

Once MEBO was identified as the company that built the MST-13 timers, MEBO provided 18 samples of MST-13 PCBs. These 18 samples belong to two types:

a. Seven PCBs with solder mask on one side only (the untracked side). These PCBs appear to have tracks and pads finished with a bright metal (left).

b. Eleven PCBs with solder mask on both sides. These PCBs appear to have tracks finished with a dull black material and pads finished with a bright metal (right).

DP347c

DP/347(a)

One of the seven PCBs with solder mask on only one side which had been recovered from Mebo (DP347(a)) was analysed by a number of laboratories. Each found that the track finish contained both Tin and Lead… Unlike PT/35(b) whose tracks were covered with pure Tin.

Again, no ‘Thurman/CIA imperfections on DP/347(a)!

DP/347(a)

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Lockerbie — A quick Note on the ‘imperfections’ of PT/35(b)

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