Julian Micallef, the man accused of running a network of fake Facebook profiles within the PN (which he concedes exist) while also sending people to stalk Delia’s ex-wife and internal critics, has “categorically” denied the claims when giving exclusive comments to Lovin Malta.
“I am currently seeking legal advice on the matter,” he revealed.
However, the newsroom has also received several screenshots showing the contrary.
Messages seen by Lovin Malta shows Micallef explicitly asking people to follow MPs and staunch Delia critics Beppe Fenech Adami and Jason Azzopardi, and take photos of any person they met.
“Are you ready for the job?” he asked.
In another instance, he asked for “FUCKEN PHOTOS” of an alleged meeting between Karol Aquilina and former PN mastermind Richard Cachia Caruana.
Micallef still categorically denied the claims when informed about the messages, insisting that he has “never followed or ordered anyone” to follow the PN MPs.
He declined to respond to claims that he asked a person to follow Nickie Vella de Fremaux, Delia’s estranged wife who had a very public separation from the PN leader.
“I don’t want to interfere in Delia’s personal life,” he repeated whenever the topic came up.
“There is no reason whatsoever why I would involve myself in such matters as can be confirmed by Dr Delia himself and also his former spouse,” he continued.
Micallef and Delia are old friends, having known each other for more than 25 years.
“I have never been directly involved in politics and never took any type of decision that relates to the party or any party,” Micallef said, “when one of my best friends contested the election for leader of the Nationalist Party in 2017, I helped as any friend would have.”
Delia himself has also denied the claims, calling them “distasteful”.
Fake Facebook profiles in PN have existed for a long time
The claims form part of a wide-ranging letter addressed to Delia (which never reached his desk) that alleges Micallef asked the author to create ten fake Facebook profiles, which Micallef would then use to attack and insult certain PN MPs and candidates.
Micallef declined the claims, insisting that he has “never used, forced or manipulated anyone in using any fake profile”. However, he later revealed:
“I was aware that fake profiles within the PN have existed for a long period of time and had been used for various motives by various individuals.”
He was pressed on the claim in a phone call with the newsroom. However, Micallef was reluctant to elaborate further, saying that he would “would rather not say, [he] would never just mention a name,” he said.
Asked why anyone would direct a coordinated attack against him, Micallef insisted it wasn’t given that he never held any position within the party, nor did I ever aspire to.
“Anyone close to Dr Delia has become accustomed to such attacks and tactics whenever there is an upcoming vote,” he said.
Delia has denied having any knowledge of such a network, stating that he never created a fake profile, asked anyone to create a fake profile or found out of fake profiles owned by people within the party.