The Hammarskjöld Mystery

In response to:

The Faith of a Hero from the November 7, 2013 issue

To the Editors:

May I just clarify some facts about the recent commission of inquiry (the Hammarskjöld Commission), which I chaired and to which Michael Ignatieff refers in his article on Dag Hammarskjöld [NYR, November 7]? The commission was sponsored not by the Swedish Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation but by an ad hoc trust whose members are listed at the end of our report. The report can be read on the commission’s website: HammarskjoldCommission .org. I have not been able to locate it at the address given in Ignatieff’s footnote.

Perhaps I may add that the researchers mentioned by Michael Ignatieff who are trying to track down NSA and other records of air traffic intercepts from the minutes before the crash have been doing so on behalf of the commission. The commission’s work, however, is now at an end, and the United Nations is considering its recommendation that the UN’s adjourned 1962 inquiry be reopened for, initially at least, this limited purpose.

Stephen Sedley
Oxford, England