Ian Hurst, Derek Haslam And Hackgate

British Military Intelligence FRU member Ian Hurst - Martin Ingram circled in white, British Occupied North of Ireland, c. 1980s
British Military Intelligence FRU member Ian Hurst – Martin Ingram circled in white, British Occupied North of Ireland, c. 1980s

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 gangs in Ireland, principally the UVF and UFF. From its inception in 1981 until the late 1990s the FRU was involved in dozens of terrorist attacks, most notably the assassination of the Irish civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

Here Haslam discusses his role in Britain’s recent “Phone Hacking Scandal” with Hurst (more here). Here’s the transcript:

Hurst – The point is that MPs, ministers, the Home Secretary, they were targets, and that information was communicated to your handlers.

Haslam – And the reason is they fell into two two camps of target, one that could be made, they could, er, financially make money from, and the other type was one that they could use, blackmail, or influence for their own benefit to do with their own thing, because they were so anti that squad

Hurst – So, yeah, you mean they see…

Haslam – Yeah, anything that could put the Met into a bad light, or anybody they could implicate, or blackmail into helping them, you know, in two.  One would have been for earning money like Marunchak’s end, and two would have been for influence.

Hurst – But you can put your hand on your heart and you can say categorically that all intelligence which you generated which demonstrated a threat to posed against an MP, a minister, or the home secretary was communicated to your handler?

Haslam – That’s right, and you look at my motivation [cut]”

Thanks to Goggzilla for the tip.

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5 comments

  1. SoS, this has been an excellent and informative series from you on these state sponsored terrorists, keep up the good work of shining light on their activities

      1. Great, it is just that these things get filed and we would not want to confuse! Haslam’s phone call initially under “Haslem” and thus not on Google!

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