The Dirty War: Informers are not necessarily ‘agents’…

Liam Clarke has a useful corrective for those who think agents are the same thing as informers… Martin McGartland, who infiltrated the IRA in west Belfast, was an agent in the purest sense. He joined the IRA at the request of his handlers and did exactly what he was told; it involved no switch of loyalties. Several members of the IRA’s internal security team, like Stakeknife, were double-agents. They were trusted by the IRA to frustrate Crown forces, but were ‘doubled’ …

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Sinn Féin asks British to cease spy operations

Sinn Fein has called for the British government to call off surveillance operations after a bug was founding in a meeting room in Connelly House. Gerry Adams has asked for a line to be drawn under the conduct of all future such operations. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. …

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