Riddle of Cheriegate disk stolen from Foster friend
A computer disk allegedly proving that Tony Blair lied over Cheriegate has been stolen from Aussie conman Peter Foster.
The disk is said to contain a photo of Mr Blair with disgraced Foster. But the Premier has always insisted he did not know him and never met him.
If the photo exists it could link Mr Blair to the property scandal in which Foster obtained substantial financial discounts on two Bristol flats, worth £525,000, for Cherie Blair.
It is claimed the British Secret Service may be involved in the theft.
In another bizarre twist Foster, 41 - one-time lover of Cherie's then style guru Carole Caplin - says 500 emails stored on his home computer have mysteriously vanished despite being protected by two virus firewalls.
He told friends: "It was the scariest thing. Something infiltrated my computer and sucked everything out of it. I felt a chill when it happened."
The computer disk was stolen from the home of Foster's close friend and legal adviser, barrister Sean Cousins, who lives at Mount Tambourine on Queensland's Gold Coast .
Mr Cousins claims he took the disk home from his chambers to give it to a third party this week.
He told only a handful of people of his intention in phone calls. But before he could hand the disk over it was stolen in a break-in. Nothing else was removed. Police yesterday confirmed they were investigating and said the circumstances of the theft were suspicious.
"Unnerved and distressed", Mr Cousins has told friends he believes the British Secret Service is involved.
Foster, a convicted fraudster, has written about his involvement with Cherie and Ms Caplin in his memoirs which are about to be published. He has claimed he did nothing wrong and was made the scapegoat for Cheriegate .
Bitter at being forced to leave Britain, and then Ireland, he said on his forced return to Australia in February he has a "smoking gun" which could bring down Mr Blair. Among damaging revelations is said to be a picture of Foster with Mr Blair during a European holiday with Ms Caplin.
Downing Street minders insisted last year: "The Prime Minister has never met Mr Foster."