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Martin McGuinness: British Spy?
May 29, 2006, 3:06 pm
Filed under: International, Random, Uncategorized

As some of you may know, I live in Belfast.  So, this morning while I'm making a cup of coffee, I notice that the Irish News has run a front page story on allegations from a former British intelligence officer that Martin McGuinness, chief negotiator for Sinn Fein and former IRA second-in-command during the 1972 Bloody Sunday event in Derry, is in fact a British spy.  McGuinness has variously called the charge 'nonsense' and 'rubbish'.   Few on either side of the sectarian divide seem to believe the allegations. 

In any event, it's an interesting piece of what has become a much wider story in Northern Ireland.  Just some of the basics:

–Back in 2003 there were reports that a man named Freddie Scappaticci, an official in the Provisional IRA, was in fact a British agent.  A former British intelligence official and agent handler named Martin Ingram exposed Scappaticci, and later wrote a book about 'Stakeknife', his codename.  Scappaticci is now in hiding.  Incidentally, he happened to be the man in the IRA who went after suspected informants. According to a massive article in The Atlantic Monthly (subs. required), Scappaticci worked for a British intelligence group called the ‘Force Research Unit. Through the FRU, Scappaticci served a host of agencies, among them MI5, a paramilitary police unit called Special Branch, and army intelligence. Eventually he became one of the most important spies in Britain's history, working his way toward the IRA's heart’.     

–Following the 1998 Belfast Agreement which set up a devolved consociational government in the North, the Stormont assembly variously functioned and ceased to function until it was finally closed for the last time in the midst of a spy scandal allegedly involving the IRA.  This particular intrigue, which came to be known as 'Stormontgate', was said to have involved an IRA spy-ring based in the Northern Ireland Parliament.  Investigations led to Sinn Fein Chief of Staff Denis Donaldson, his son and another man, all of whom were arrested.  Donaldson allegedly ran the intelligence operations of the IRA.  

–This December I was getting my hair cut and read an article that all charges against these men had been dropped.  The British government explained that it was 'no longer in the public interest to pursue' the case.

–About a week after the charges were dropped, the front page of pretty much every newspaper on the rack carried a story that Donaldson was in fact a British double-agent, and had been so for some twenty years.

–Subsequent to this, in April 2006, Donaldson was shot to death at a cottage in Donegal.  It seems he was tortured before he was killed. Obits here and here.  

–Now Martin Ingram, the spy handler who exposed Stakeknife, is alleging the McGuinness is a British spy. 

Who knows where this will go.  At the moment there's wholesale skepticism from pretty much everyone–McGuinness' republican credentials are impeccable.  But, so were Donaldson's.  

–mpd 

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Comment by Jack Grantham

Martin Ingram aka Ian Hurst is a liar
The person who calls himself Martin ingram but is in fact ex Int Corps SSgt Ian Hurst (known as rocky) is a liar of the highest order. His book STEAKNIFE is almost complete fiction, as are his assertions that Martin McGUINNESS was an agent of the state. He is dementedly lying completely about his past service in FRU. He only ever served in sleepy backwaters of the Province and never came face to face with anyone except low level eyes and ears agents. He never ran STEAKNIFE or even met him. In short, his book is a complete fabrication based on god knows what. He endangers the lives of serving and former soldiers as well as civillians with his ridiculous fairy tales. Hopefull he will appear in court at some of the current inquiries and investigations so he can be shown to be the liar he really is.
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Comment by Martin Ingram aka Ian Hurst is a liar

People recite these media reports about IRA informants so called “STEAKNIFE” but someone please explain to me (not whilst being tortured) how a supposed “national asset” or “prized asset” can have his life compromised by tabloid newspapers giving hints into their affairs in considering that any matter which involves the security of Her Majesties country is apparently entitled to be hushed up where the general public is concerned using laws governing the media. You have to wonder for what reason there could be security leaks – information that comes from – wait for it – someone employed in the security services, that is allowed to be printed in the press. Whether or not rightly named individuals have thereafter been “outed” as being a steaknife. Now this man now that one. Is this how Her Majesties government protect their assets? What about protecting the general public’s assets? Now that there are, allegedly, no more steaknifes left to name (and no more IRA drug networks?) are we entitled to ask ourselves – what is it that this steaknife has actually done – supposing that he existed in the first place; no doubt there are plenty of IRA terrorists with a lot to say for themselves…

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From a search on steaknife the following was produced:

Margo Kingston’s Webdiary – smh.com.au

7/7 had a ‘steakknife’ feeling about it, but I didn’t think anyone can be … And, no, it doesn’t strike me as strange there may have been informants who …
webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/darlene_taylor_comment/001296.html – Similar pages

What are these people insinuating? The general public demand to know how far steaknifes license to kill extends? How many innocent peoples lives will this pathetic excuse for a human be content to ruin. Why should the general public at large have to suffer knife culture because of this loser? The general public is sick of boys of the church of the poisen mind like this steaknife. Why dont steaknife rellocate to New York!!!!

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