Police in France investigating the sordid tale of the theft of Michael Schumacher’s medical records believe they are close to finding the culprit.
They have managed to identify the IP address of a computer from which the records were sent and it is located in a Swiss helicopter firm, which was lined up to transport the seven times champion to Lausanne hospital from Grenoble, where he had spent six months recuperating from his ski accident last December.
In the end he was repatriated by road using a special ambulance on the 16th June. A few days after the journey the files were offered to reporters by someone using a string of online aliases, including the name Kagemusha San, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The offer was accompanied by a couple of sample pages of the report. It originated from an IP address at the helicopter firm.
According to the BBC, the thief offered the documents for sale for £40,000, but potential buyers in the French, Swiss and German tabloid media were put off by warnings from Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm that they would sue anyone who published the records. Kehm and the family have guarded Schumacher’s privacy very carefully following his accident, with minimal information released and a blanket ban on any photos.
The helicopter firm in Switzerland told reporters that it had indeed received a medical report on Schumacher prior to the repatriation flight, but that it believed that patient confidentiality had been preserved and they had no knowledge of any investigation into their IT systems.
One notable and positive point is that Schumacher’s wife Corinna has felt able to be seen out in public recently, at an equestrian event in Switzerland last weekend. She attended a round of the European championships at a ranch that the Schumachers own, close to their home.