British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Just a quick heads-up for those who have access to the series “Twentieth Century British History” from the Oxford Journals. A recent edition features an article titled “The Influence of Informers and Agents on Provisional Irish Republican Army Military Strategy and British Counter-Insurgency Strategy, 1976–94” by Thomas Leahy of King’s College, London. In it the researcher pretty… Read More British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

From a report by the “Irish” Sunday People newspaper in July 2004: “At least three Garda officers in the scandal-hit force in Donegal were secret agents for British military intelligence, The Irish People can reveal. Garda Special Branch detectives have launched a secret probe into finding the to date un-named moles who supplied intelligence on IRA… Read More Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

Ian Hurst, Derek Haslam And Hackgate

More on Britain’s “super-spy” Ian Hurst (aka. Martin Ingram) with an alleged phone recording of the former soldier from the notorious Force Research Unit (FRU) in conversation with Derek Haslam, an undercover police officer from Scotland Yard. The FRU was a British Military Intelligence group that conducted part of Britain’s counter-insurgency war against the Irish Republican Army through the control of Britain’s terror… Read More Ian Hurst, Derek Haslam And Hackgate

More Cloak And Dagger Shenanigans In Fantasy Troubles

And so it rumbles on, the latest chapter in the tale of Britain’s super-superspy and double-agent extraordinaire Freddie “Stakeknife” Scappaticci, with the audio recordings of calls between Ian Hurst (the nom de guerre of Martin Ingram, an alleged former British military Intelligence agent) and Sir John Wilsey (former General Officer Commanding the British Army in the Occupied North of Ireland during the early 1990s). Not much… Read More More Cloak And Dagger Shenanigans In Fantasy Troubles

Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!

Back in December 2011 I addressed the grossly exaggerated issue of the alleged penetration of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army by British Intelligence agents and double-agents in the 1980s and ‘90s, concluding that: “The majority of tactical intelligence gathered by the British Forces, the sort of intelligence that saw weapons and explosives captured, ambushes and attacks thwarted,… Read More Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!