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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