Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland Paperback – 18 Feb 2004
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'A sequence worthy of Catch-22 has the same agency employing agents on both sides, knocking off each other, so that one is left wondering who was really running the war, and for whose benefit. But then, Catch-22 was farce -- this is serious business, and murder.' (Senator Maurice Hayes Irish Independent)
About the Author
Greg Harkin is the Belfast journalist who broke the Stakeknife story.
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It is full of inaccuracies and, to be frank, bias and nonsense.
For example, the Intelligence Corps were in Templar Barracks way before 1990,
the author, trying to make himself sound a 'jack the lad', says that he failed three Intelligence Corps exams due to his wild socialising,the truth is, if you failed more than one exam you were rejected from the Intelligence Corps.
The incident where he says he and his buddy dismantled a desk to steal the keys, which led to the question papers,
is actually derived from a totally different incident within one of the FRU detachments, where someone surreptitiously dismantled a desk for other reasons.
I could say more but it would be pointless, a bit like this book.
I have now read the entire book.
Ingram is what is termed within the intelligence community as a 'walter mitty'.
He is a fantasist, full of his own self importance.
Sure, he was in the FRU, but he was a minnow in a large pond, a minor player.
His career was notable by its mediocrity.
If it is a cold and damp winters day, warm yourself up by burning this book.
What this book shows is that once someone decides to become an informer('Tout')they almost inevitably sign their own death warrant The information they pass on to the Security Services via their 'handlers' will identify them sooner or later to the organisation they are 'betraying' (UNLESS they are very high up in the organisation and able to 'set up' colleagues)
They will then be interrogated by the IRA's internal Security Unit and usually killed Despite assurances from the Security Services that they will be whisked away to the mainland with a false identity and £30,000 a year for life, the reality is that once an Agent's cover is blown they are of no further use to security services and are 'expendable'
As Stakeknife ran the Internal Security Unit (The 'Nutting Squad') he was in a unique position to say who lived or died
What this book shows quite clearly is that Stakeknife was not only used to gather information about IRA operations but also to torture and assasinate other British Agents to protect his own identity, and to 'dispose' of Agents surplus to British requirements He may have used people for his own ends but he was also used, unwittingly to him, by the security services
A number of 'innocent' people were killed including a well known Derry Republican who was tortured for seven weeks by the IRA's Internal Security 'Nutting' squad, run by Stakeknife, before he...Read more ›
As for the other agent, he was a Loyalist UDA intelligence officer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having lived through these times this book actually shows me how close I was at times to events discussed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bellringer
Not a bad read but I felt the author was biased and had an axe to grindPublished 6 months ago by derekb
Book was for my husband was as described and arrived in time for XmasPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. Sandra Macrory
This book is a well written expose of the way agents were run by the security forces in Northern Ireland. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Beetham
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