Andrew Lownie has been monitoring his social media accounts for at least five years. Files surrendered to him included a flyer about a talk he gave at a bookshop, something that indicates the level of scrutiny under which he has been placed. The disclosure has been limited and redacted.
Lownie is a Cambridge-educated historian and a former president of the Cambridge Union. His father was Judge Ralph Hamilton Lownie of Largo.
Andrew Lownie ran for the Tories in the 1992 general election in Monklands West, Scotland. Many of his friends are MPs and a few became Tory ministers. Lownie was not elected and pursued a career as a literary agent and author. He has published a string of bestselling biographies about Britain’s royal family and is currently working on one about Prince Andrew.
The CO has been briefing against him too and slurs have been circulated.
The British establishment rarely turns on one of its own. It does not devote resources to fantasists. Clearly, Lownie has discovered something that greatly troubles Whitehall.
In 2018 Lownie was researching a book on Lord Mountbatten. He uncovered FBI files that exposed Mountbatten’s sexual lust for young boys. Other FBI reports were suddenly destroyed. When Lownie asked the bureau why, he was told the British government had asked it to shred them.
Lownie spoke to two boys who had been abused by Mountbatten at Classiebawn, Co Sligo, in the 1970s. He published their accounts in his 2019 book on Mountbatten, along with other accounts of Mountbatten’s paedophilia.
Lownie has spent a fortune in his dogged pursuit of Mountbatten’s papers, some of which are being withheld by Southampton university at the request of the CO.
Lownie is not the only victim of censorship in the UK. He is aware of TV journalists in Britain who have had computers confiscated after making inquiries into the Guilford four case. BBC NI is still refusing to broadcast The Lost Boys of Belfast documentary about the murder of boys by paedophiles connected to Kincora.
In the Republic, gardaí have rebuffed Lownie and author David Burke, who sought access to An Garda Síochána security logs from Classiebawn. The pair believe the logs record the arrival in August 1977 of Joe Mains, the warden of Kincora, with the abuse victims Lownie interviewed for his book.
In 2016, MI5 and other British spook outfits were asked to hand over files to the Hart Inquiry into Kincora. Among the records they produced were copies of articles written by Goldhawk about Kincora dating back to the 1980s.