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Date: 2001-02-10

UK/USA: MI5 & MI6 & Troubles fuer Cryptome

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Netz/dokumentarist John Young hat offenbar Schwierigkeiten
mit jenen Nachrichtendiensten, die global mit den merkbar
übelsten Manieren ausgestattet sind: den Briten.

John ist der Ansicht, dass in der herauf/dämmernden
Informationsgesellschaft Normalsterblichen so viele
Nachrichten wie möglich über die Aktivitäten geheimer
Nachrichtendienste zur Verfügung stehen sollten.

Nach den vorherigen Bröseln mit MI5 scheint nun die Truppe,
die am gegenüberliegenden Ufer der Themse residiert,
nämlich MI6, hauptsächlich involviert zu sein.

post/scrypt: John, der Deutsch liest, ist seit den
Anfangstagen auf dieser Liste subscribiert.
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Relayed by Declan McCullagh <>
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John Young, who operates the document
archive, says the British government is applying pressure to
his ISP to censor a news article on his site titled "Enquiry:
The Killing Years in Ireland."

He believes London has somehow gained access to his log
files -- is hosted by Verio -- and has handed
that information to reporters. This comes after prior run-ins
that John has had with MI5:

More on John Young:



British journalists, police officers and Army undercover
intelligence agents are increasingly in battle with each other
as an intelligence scandal threatens to expose a series of
state-sponsored killing of the kind more commonly
associated with former South American dictatorships than
with a modern western European nation.

For the last two years, British security authorities have
resorted to legal duress and intimidation tactics to conceal
the identity and activities of Army intelligence operators who
played a key role in a secret unit that set up innocent
civilians to be murdered, actively collaborated with and fed
intelligence to death squads, and then set fire to police
offices to destroy their files and prevent an investigation
uncovering their activities.

The secret unit, called the Force Research Unit (FRU) was a
high level intelligence unit tasked with handling undercover
agents in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. It was set
up in the early 1980s to take over previously unco-ordinated
agent running activities, placing them all under a single
professional command structure.

The lawless misconduct of FRU has come to light over the
last two years as a result of an extended police enquiry into
controversial assassinations by the Protestant terrorist
organisation, including the Ulster Defence Association
(UDA). The enquiries originally focussed on the slaying of
prominent republican lawyer Pat Finucane in February 1989.

It has since emerged that Finucane's killing was planned by
the UDA's intelligence officer, Brian Nelson. But, unknown to
his terrorist colleagues, Nelson was a British intelligence
agent. He was being run by the FRU, to whom he reported
routinely, exchanging information on republicans whom the
UDA sought to kill. The UDA's quartermaster, William Stobie,
who provided the murder weapons and hid them afterwards,
was also a British agent. He worked for the Special Branch of
the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the police force of Northern

Former members of the FRU have told journalists that up to
13 Irish Catholics were killed in this way. One case which
came to light last year was the 1987 murder of a Catholic
pensioner living in West Belfast, Francisco Notorantonio.
Notorantonio, aged 66 when he died, had not been involved in
politics for 30 years. He was set up to be killed by the FRU,
as a sacrificial victim to protect a top British agent.

Shortly before the murder, FRU had been informed of a plan
to kill a leading member of the IRA, who was secretly a
British intelligence agent. Codenamed STAKEKNIFE, the
agent was and still is British intelligence's longest term and
most successful informant inside the Irish terrorist group.
When they learned of the plot, the FRU panicked. To head
the killers away from STAKEKNIFE, they prepared and
handed over a false dossier, suggesting that the innocent and
harmless Notorantonio would be a better target for their

The existence and importance of Agent STAKEKNIFE has
recently been publicly confirmed by the police investigation
which is determined to undercover the truth of the FRU affair.
The investigation is headed by Sir John Stevens, the
Commissioner of the Metropolitan (London) Police. He is
Britain's most senior police officer. Ten years earlier, when he
was in a less senior position, Stevens was first asked to
investigate the killings in Northern Ireland. As he and his
team started to uncover the nature of Army collusion with
protestant terrorists, he faced an arson attack. The teams'
offices, which were located in a highly secure police
headquarters building with multiple alarm systems, went on
fire, destroying the files. The attack effectively brought
Stevens' first enquiry to a fruitless end.

The mystery of how sophisticated alarms had been disabled
to get in and burn the files was solved when a former member
of the FRU came forward and revealed that they had been
responsible for the crime. The breaking, entering and
fireraising had been carried out by a team from Army
intelligence's CME (Covert Methods of Entry) unit. Called in
by the FRU commander to destroy the incriminating evidence
accumulating in police hands, the CME team flew in from
England and carried out the arson attack on the police. They
crudely attempted to disguise the fire as having been started
by a cigarette left in a waste bin.

Three years ago, Sir John Stevens, now promoted to be the
commissioner of the Metropolitan police, was asked to
conduct another enquiry into collusion in Northern Ireland,
focusing on the murder of Patrick Finucane. Since then, he
and his operational assistant, Deputy Assistant
Commissioner Hugh Orde, have made it clear that they are
not going to be deflected by Army dirty tricks and

The former soldier who came forward used the pseudonym
"Martin Ingram". The Ministry of Defence responded
ferociously. One soldier whom they believed to be Ingram
was charged under the Official Secrets Act. Journalists to
whom he spoke were threatened with prosecution. The
charges meant that while one police enquiry was relying on
him as a key witness, another police enquiry was trying to
silence him.

But, with increasing controversy surrounding British secrecy
laws, the charges against "Ingram" had to be dropped.
Harassment then started from a new quarter. A group calling
itself "friends of FRU" started circulating personal information
about him. One former FRU colleague e-mailed dozens of
newspapers giving details of "Ingram" 's identity, address and
activities. He was being set up.

The former FRU soldier behind the e-mail campaign was
arrested for harassment. But then the charges were dropped.
Fearing that the police could not protect him safely, "Ingram"
withdrew his evidence from the Stevens enquiry.

Two weeks ago on Ulster Television, another member of FRU
came forward to talk about what the unit had done. Agreeing
that there had been a policy of "shoot to kill by proxy", the
former the FRU member said that his unit had acted as
"judge, jury and executioner ... [it was] immoral and probably

FRU is still operating, running agents in Ireland. Since it
became controversial, it has adopted a new cover name. This
is JCU(NI). It stands for the Joint Collection Unit (Northern
Ireland). It works directly with the British Security Service
("MI5"), which also has offices and technical teams on the
ground in Northern Ireland.

To confuse the many British journalists who are now
investigating the activities of FRU, another intelligence unit
was renamed FIU. This is the Force Intelligence Unit. It has
nothing to do with FRU, but runs more orthodox intelligence
activities, such as the computer called CAISTER which holds
"fine grain" intelligence files on most of the Northern Ireland
population. It was formerly called 12 Intelligence Company.

A third group in the undercover world of Northern Ireland is
the Joint Support Group (JSG). Formerly known by a variety
of names such as "14 Intelligence Company" or "The Dets",
it provides undercover surveillance teams for long-term
surveillance activities. Its teams work closely with the SAS
detachment based in Northern Ireland.

Until now, mystery has surrounded the identity of the agent
handler who was Brian Nelson's link to the Army and who
passed on the critical instructions and government
intelligence to enable the protestants to murder the Army's
selected targets. But the name leaked out late last year.

Early in December, the government threatened legal action to
gag the Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper, after former
colleagues of Nelson's handler revealed her identity to their
journalists. The paper was compelled under threat of legal
order to undertake that it would not reveal her name, location
or identify her by printing a photograph.

Then the case for conspiracy to murder against her and the
officers who gave her orders grew stronger, after police
Commissioner Orde revealed that he had recovered boxes of
army intelligence documents called "contact forms" and
MISRs (Military Intelligence Source Reports). The contact
forms give details of every meeting between agents and their
handlers. The MISR reported detailed and assessed the
intelligence provided by the agents. The police found that
some of the reports were "incriminating".

The officer who commanded the Force Research Unit during
the killing years was Lt Colonel Gordon Kerr. He has since
been promoted to Brigadier. As the British police homed on
his importance, he was sent to the other side of the world, to
serve as the British military attaché in Beijing.

The intelligence operator who handled Brian Nelson - whose
name is banned in Britain - is Captain Margaret Walshaw.
Although any British newspaper editor who published her
name is threatened with imprisonment, she is openly listed in
the current official British government publication, the "Army
List". At the time she ran agent Brian Nelson and supervised
his murderous activities, she was a non commissioned officer
(sergeant) in Britain's Intelligence Corps.

On 1st April 1998, Sergeant Walshaw was promoted from the
ranks to become an officer. She has also been awarded the
"British Empire Medal" for her achievements.

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