Donaldson refused to come clean to handlers…

There are a number of sticky anniversaries coming up in the next few months, all of them containing issues that have yet to reach the full light of day. The first being the day Denis Donaldson was outed as a British spy. Barney Rowan writes that when the PSNI discovered that Donaldson had taken home confidential papers from Stormont in October 2002, his handler gave him the option of coming clean before Operation ‘O’Neill’ Torsion was sprung. It was only when he did not bring it up that the raid was sprung, which then led to the suspension of the Assembly. Leaving many unanswered questions still hanging in the air.

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  • This article is just, it seems, a convenient pack of lies by the PSNI’s SB – what Mick has compounded by calling Operation Torsion wrongly ‘O’Neill’, what was the codename for this low-level double agent working with the RUC and the British security services.

    Donaldson was set up to look like the thief of the stolen documents, and when he didn’t confess to what he neither did nor knew about, the British securocrats hung him out for others to conveniently murder, so that there would be no most embarrassing trial.

    It’s cases like this, and the even more embarrassing one concerning Brendan Devine before Robert McCartney was killed, which are causing SF so much difficulty in agreeing to joint policing.

  • heck

    for you guys who are so hung up on the “rule of law”. Was this an offical leak to Barney Rowan and if so why was it done? Or is it some unoffical leak form a low level detective, in which case is’nt it illegal-say on the level of a civil servant leaking documents to a political party? Can we expect raids on Special Branch headquaters?

    If it was an offical leak then does’nt this just prove that the PSNI/UVF do not deserve support?

  • sevenmagpies

    “Donaldson was set up to look like the thief of the stolen documents, and when he didn’t confess to what he neither did nor knew about, the British securocrats hung him out for others to conveniently murder, so that there would be no most embarrassing trial.”

    Surely an easier way to avoid this ‘most embarrassing trial’ would have been not pinning the spying on him in the first place?

    Why would they want rid of Donaldson and why go to such desperately elaborate lengths to burn an agent? Was he not providing them with information of any value?

  • Secur O’Crat

    Curiouser and curiouser. Why was Donaldson a tout? Why did he bet his life on tinking he could walk when the Provos went after McGartland? Donaldson was in the Battle of St Matthews, he was a buddy of Bobby Sands, we won’t go over who he threw the leg over (and got away with). Was Gerry Adams in the loop? The only ones with reason to kill him were the Provos. The RIRA/MI5 would be happy to see an Adams mate in the shit. Just goes to show you are best staying away from Gerry and his friends. It’s also funny seeing Donaldson being spat on as a tout but are others morally any better?

  • hmmmm

    sf are continuing donaldsons work, they just got rid of davey hyland in newry after 22 years service. pushed him out in favour of someone more in line with their policies on policing.

    donaldson’s mob rules!!