Most UVF leaders were British security force agents

Northern Ireland’s police ombudsman has found that most of the UVF’s senior leaders were operating as British security force agents in the 1990s. The revelation has come out as part of an investigation by Nuala O’Loan into the murder of Raymond McCord Jr in north Belfast by UVF members to cover up a drugs deal in November 1997. Belfast Gonzo blogged this very issue on Slugger last August, quoting a piece by Newton Emerson, who said this issue was a ticking time bomb for the PSNI as the initial findings, which were widely leaked two years ago, suggest that an informer in the Mount Vernon UVF has murdered at least 13 people since his recruitment in 1993. Special Branch is alleged to have covered up each case.