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SMIRK OF A PERVERT AND A LIAR; Police probe links Clarke to international child sex ring.

CHILD sex pervert Arthur C. Clarke raises his glass and grins during a state banquet attended by Prince Charles.

He brazenly mingled with dignitaries at the dinner in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Thursday night, even shaking hands with Charles.

Just four days earlier the Sunday Mirror had revealed how the 80-year-old author of 2001: A Space Odyssey had admitted to paying for sex with young boys.

Afterwards he agreed to pull out of a ceremony in which he was to be knighted by Charles, but denied being a paedophile.

But Clarke is a LIAR. And we have the evidence to prove it.

On the right we reproduce part of a tape recording of our reporter Graham Johnson's interview with Clarke.

We also have a copy of a secret document which names Clarke as a paedophile known to members of the North American Boy Lovers Association, one of the world's most notorious child sex networks.

US detectives, who arrested leaders of the association 10 years ago, say Clarke was named by other paedophiles they quizzed during an FBI investigation.

The perverts had set up children's homes in Thailand as fronts for their sick activities.

One of its leaders was Jonathan Tampico, 48, a top nuclear scientist who worked for the American Government.

He served two-and-a- half years in jail for molesting a boy of 12 and is now on the run with a million-dollar warrant on his head for further porn offences.

He told detectives he had stayed at Clarke's home in Colombo and had swapped letters with the author.

Another known paedophile, former church minister John Wakefield Cummings, 56, is serving a 24-years-to-life sentence after admitting molesting 17 boys in his care.

He told police in Sacremento, California, that Clarke had been contacted at his Sri Lankan home by a paedophile who was on the run from the American authorities.

In a sworn statement made to an investigator for Sacremento's district attorney (see below), Wakefield Cummings told how the pervert fled to Sri Lanka where he was able to contact the paedophile community through Clarke. He then fled from Sri Lanka to Indonesia.

Detectives contacted a child welfare group to warn them about Clarke's activities.

A senior Sacramento detective said: "We never had any reason to take action against Arthur C. Clarke because he was outside our jurisdiction.

"But Clarke's name did keep coming up. We were looking into members of The Boy Lovers Association who all seemed to know or be aware of him.

"He ended up connecting to a lot of people were were investigating.

"Tampico was one of those who said he went to Sri Lanka. I have seen letters between him and Arthur C. Clarke.

"There was nothing overtly sexual in them but they were clearly corresponding."

He added: "Cummings told us in the course of interviews that Arthur C. Clarke is a paedophile.

"He said Sri Lanka used to be a popular destination for the paedophiles.

"But then the government changed and they were all thrown out. He said Clarke was one of the few they didn't expel because of his status."

Ron O'Grady, of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution In Asian Tourism) confirmed he had been warned about Clarke by police in Sacremento.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's special paedophile investigation unit has not yet decided whether it will launch an inquiry into the author, one of the island's most well-connected residents.

Local people are now demanding his deportation.

HE claimed that WE lied. But here are extracts from our tape which prove that HE'S the liar...

Reporter Graham Johnson (J) is quizzing Clarke (C) about his activities.

J: What's the youngest person you've had?

C: I couldn't...You're asking me to get....

J: I know it's not 10 and 11, but maybe 13, 14, 15?

C: I couldn't say. You can never judge. But no one that isn't old enough to know his own mind. And most of them had reached puberty.

J: If one of them was 13, how did you judge?

C: If he really was 13 he will be a very mature 13.

J: You don't think that's morally wrong?

C: No. I mean. It depends on the country. You can't have an absolute morality.

WHAT WITNESS TOLD DETECTIVES

DAVID Groat moved from Amsterdam to the island of Sri Lanka where he was able to contact the paedophile community through its best-known member Arthur C. Clarke, who is an internationally-known author.
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Author:Schaverien, Tracy; Insall, Roger
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 8, 1998
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