Would I Spy?

Several of todays papers are making the claim that Martin McGuinness has been a British Agent within Sinn Fein and the IRA.

The Sunday World story is front page news and declares that “McGuinness was Brit Spy.” According to the Sunday World, Martin Igram, the former handler from the Force Research Unit supports his claim with documentary evidence.

The Sunday World claims to have obtained a transcript of a conversation that Ingram claims is between McGuiness and his handler. Again, according to Ingram, McGuinness was known as agent J118. Martin’s brother Willie is alleged to have been agent J119.

Ingram told the Sunday World “The most significant thing for me in this transcript is the fact that McGuinness’s handler is the driving force behind the human bomb campaign.” This is a reference to the human bomb campaign waged in the early 1990’s where indviduals were forced to drive a bomb to a destination and effectively became unwilling suicide bombers. The campaign was largely centred in the North West and Ingram’s claims appear to suggest that there was a determined effort to keep this type of campaign away from Belfast and the East coast.

Many of us are well familiar with the claims that there is a high level mole in SinnFein, and indeed for qutie some time some very high ranking names have been bandied about.

From my perspective, if there was any truth to this as yet unfounded allegation, the questions I would have would be much more focused on who drove the peace process, when and why. Unless there is a satisfaction among members of SF that the process belongs to them, to the rank and file, there is a real and present danger of increasing defection to splinter groups.

These are dangerous allegations by the Sunday World indeed, and the fact that they have been printed appears to suggest that they are confident about their sources and their substantiation.

Sinn Fein are calling the claims nonsense, so we must just wait and see what transpires over the next few days. As the Chinese tell us, we are indeed blessed to live in interesting times.

  • Doctor Who

    Munchie has ahd one hell of a CV, Head Of IRA, Sinn Fein vice, Minister of Education and now British agent and of course stand up comedian.

  • Busty Brenda

    Only one comment, I thought there were loads. Perhaps the spooks had something to do with it.

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    We’re just thankful to get back to more commodious quarters. The original conversation can be read back at the blogspot site.

  • Busty Brenda

    absolutely admin, much better here. this is definitely home, slugger was missed.

  • missfitz

    I get my own name back and all! Yippee…

    BB, thanks for the tip on the photos, I followed all those blogspot directions and now have a place there with lots of pictures!

  • Busty Brenda

    Nice one Fitzi!, is it just me or is there much more space here, it feels more spacious, and links work.

  • missfitz

    I really didnt like the other site, and trying to track the comments on the threads got quite taxing when the numbers went up. This is a totally different and far superior site.

    There are about 70 comments on this thread over there, too many to post here, so I just wanted to post this for posterity, as Mick would say.

  • Busty Brenda

    It was a good thread – interesting. But I think it has now reached saturation point, unless something else develops. Are they talking about it in Rostrevor fitzi? What is the feeling on the ground where you are.

  • missfitz

    Nah, I spent the day with a madcap psychiatrist from South Africa whom I’d never met before yesterday. She turned up on my door and asked me to take her to look at houses for sale in Belfast, and we did that all day today. She then bought a flat in Donaghadee on sight!

    Strange day. So no word of our mairtin

  • Busty Brenda

    It was on ulster television tonight, you can watch it again on utv newsroom, a video of it. Ingram is on there, and the whole story. Move the little button along or you could end up watching the price is right LOL. It’s not a bad synopsis on the whole thing, an all round look at things. Nothing you didn’t already know.