Spotlight – The Spy Who Died in the Cold

For everyone who missed  the other day’s controversial  BBC Spotlight programme on British agents within the IRA – here’s your chance to see it and to see how BBC exerts its function  to promote understanding of, and sympathy for,  the UK state.

Everything  for a  great night’s viewing with all the ingredients of a classic spy story/thriller:

* an intrepid investigative journalist walking over shadowy bridges, interviewing shadowy individuals, who sit with their backs to the light

*a top police officer with shadowy motives for causing Stormontgate and the fall of the 1st  power-sharing executive in Stormont  after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement

*  Martin, a nameless, faceless ” British agent in the IRA”  who, out of the shadows,   contacted the BBC and revealed his role in the main plot.

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Yes indeed. Another one  of 800 “British informers/agents in the IRA”

the horror

“Martin”  did his bit, accusing Gerry Adams, whose legal team are even now, at this very moment,  weighing up whether he as a chance to win a case against the BBC, of allegedly ordering the murder of  (Double?) “British agent in the IRA” Dennis Donaldson.

Query: Who’s Dennis Donaldson?

*a shadowy person who may, or may not, have been a double agent for the IRA

If all  that action and shadow people, single and double agents, were not enough to hold you gripped to your seats

*there’s a shadowy new York chef thrown into the mixture,

*an IRA raid on  notorious Castlereagh Barracks,

*a shadowy  IRA spy-ring at Stormont.

To say nothing of

*a secret journal,whose whereabouts and even existence are at present shadowy

*murder in an isolated cottage in remote Donegal and

*a furtive interview with the victim just before his death.

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So here we go ladies and gentlemen, guys and gals  . . .

Northern Ireland’s very own BBC  Spy/Informant/Agent Documentary



There’s a lot to comment and query:

1) For more info about Short-Strand man Dennis Donaldson see

Confirming what we reported about the British  methods of recruiting agents,   Donaldson admits his recruitment was linked to  a misdemeanour at a time in his life when he was going through a personal crisis.

2) “Martin’s credibility ” We don’t know who he is.  He may, or may not, be an informer. He has no specific knowledge regarding the killing of Denis Donaldson because he said so in the programme. As a British agent in the IRA he mustn’t have been  a very good one if his info was based on his hunches.

3)There are some rather disturbing pics of bodies dumped by the wayside. The Relatives for Justice Committee have voiced its disquiet, saying they re-traumatized family members of the victims.

4) The pics  could also re-traumatize anyone who saw the scenes first time round. They were regularly shown on news programmes in Northern Ireland as people got up to go to work and came home in the evenings. They  horrified and frightened the general public. Was this also part of the British  “shadowy” propaganda war?

5) Two families have questioned the agenda of the programme in that it did not focus on the role of MI5 Secret Service, British army intelligence and RUC/PSNI Special Branch (C3) in facilitating the killings through their agents such as Freddie Scappaticci when showing imagery of their loved ones.

6) Bearing in mind the BBC is the “arm of the state” and its function is to promote understanding of, and sympathy for, the UK establishment, the programme is hardly entertainment.It seems aimed at discrediting the IRA, Sinn Fein and Gerry Adams TD

7)  What sort of a BBC programme would we get if a few people  named the RUC special branch terrorists who openly claimed/bragged that they were involved in okaying the murders of certain members of the nationalist community?

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8) Bear in mind the Agent’s warning

We buy you – we sell you – we lose you – we even can shoot you! Not a bird would stir in the trees outside. Not even a single pheasant would turn his head to see what fell”.

Thoughts for the Day:

What the hell do you think informants/agents  are?  They’re just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: little men, drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives. Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong?”

“The one thing the informer can be sure of is that those who have gone to prison on his evidence will neither forgive nor forget – and one day they will be free again



Mark Thompson responds to last night’s Spotlight Programme

The Informers – A Chilling Account of the Supergrasses in Northern Ireland  by Andrew Boyd


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