Post by rdc Post by Don Stockbauer
You hear all kinds of things. I heard that he chose Sri Lanka because
it had a large chance of being out of the fallout pattern after WW III.
My understanding is that it was because he fell in love with diving
during a holiday there in the 50s. He moved there permanently when his
marriage in 1956 fell apart after 6 months. He also liked that Sri
Lanka was more forgiveing regarding homosexuality than was England
(c.f., Alan Turing).
As for the pedophilia business, first report in 1998 by that bastion of
investigative reporting "The Daily Mail" as he stated (I'm
paraphrasing here since I read this about a decade ago) in an
interview, "I contracted polio in 1962. The way it affected me is not
conducive to having intimate relations with anyone, let alone
children." For what it's worth, the Sri Lankan police cleared him of
Factor that one can fall in love with a place by diving anywhere, that persons affected with Polio can have an active sex life and the tabloid quote for which Clarke did not sue for libel:
"I have never had the slightest interest in children – boys or girls. They should be treated in the same way. But once they have reached the age of puberty, then it is OK," Mr Clarke was quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror. "If the kids enjoy it and don't mind it doesn't do any harm...there is a hysteria about the whole thing in the West."
Clarke could have quickly ended the Sri Lankan pedophilia investigation and his feelings of being harassed by its child welfare agencies by just litigating the Murdoch tabloid for a retraction. There apparently was an apology (not a retraction) from the Sunday Mirror after Clarke was cleared of the allegations, but I cannot locate it online.
IMO, Clarke considered sex with prepubescents to be pedophilia, but not with persons under Sri Lanka's age of consent (age 16). In any case, if the Sri Lankan authorities its and child welfare agencies could not legitimize pedophilia charges against Clarke, whatever suspicions arose from the tabloid quote were not considered serious. Of course, Sri Lanka is known for its underage sex trade, so that must be factored as well.