Monday, May 29, 2006

Was McGuinness a British spy?

Yesterday, an Irish tabloid ran an exclusive interview with Martin Ingram, the former MI6 agent handler who unmasked Freddie Scappaticci as a British spy two years ago. In the interview, Ingram said that Martin McGuinness was an MI6 asset in the 1990's kinown as J118. Sinn Fein have been produced a rapid denial of the allegation calling it "nonsense". Click here for more details.

When I first saw this story, all I could think about was Sir Humphrey's dictum of "never believe anything until it's been officially denied". If it does turn out to be true Martin McGuinness is fucked.


Anonymous said...

Whatever happens now there will be a large fallout from this news, and Martin McGuinness's career and possibly life could be left in tatters and he could folow a similar path to that of Denis Donaldson.

The only question is "is there any evidence to back it up?"

I think it will lead to new problems at Stormount where they are trying to start a devolved government.

dizzy said...

I would think that the "is there any evidence" question is the least of his worries. My guess is that if the wrong people convince themselves it is true then it won't matter anyway.

Anonymous said...

Good point, being an informer or a spy still carries a death sentence.

Anonymous said...

Martin Ingram aka Ian Hurst is a liar.[Soldier of Fortune.Mercenary.Only interested in making money.He is wheeling and dealing and will sell his story to anyone who will pay him. ]
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. Hopefully 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.This message is from