|Ulster spies to 'blow MI5 cover'
London Guardian 07/06/02: Rosie Cowan
Original Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,11816,750427,00.html
A group of former spies is making a video which they claim will expose the full, shocking story of British intelligence's "dirty war" in Northern Ireland.
The agents say the government is trying to wash its hands of them after they risked their lives for years infiltrating the IRA and Sinn Fein to get the information to thwart attacks and stop people getting killed.
Now they are threatening to blow the whistle on some of the security forces' most closely guarded operations and procedures, and to name many of the UK's senior intelligence officers in a video entitled Agents - No More Lies, which they hope to distribute this autumn.
They include the man known by the pseudonym Kevin Fulton who warned police that a man was making a large bomb to use in Northern Ireland, two days before the dissident Real IRA blew up the Co Tyrone town of Omagh killing 29 people in August 1998. His information was not acted upon.
In the video, Fulton, a former soldier who joined the Provisional IRA at army intelligence's request, gives details of operations where he saved lives as well as accounts of occasions when he says he told his security force handlers about planned IRA attacks but they did nothing to stop them.
He demonstrates how he was involved in developing a technique to remotely detonate a bomb using an ordinary photographic flashgun unit, like the one used in the mortar attack which killed RUC constable Colleen McMurray and seriously injured her colleague Paul Slain in Newry, Co Down in March 1992. And he claims M15 and the FBI helped him travel to the United States and buy state of the art infra-red equipment for the IRA so that they could trigger bombs from over a mile away.
The video will include another ex-soldier, Derry-born Willie Carlin, who infiltrated Sinn Fein in the 1970s and 1980s and provided highly sensitive intelligence to his M15 handlers, and other former soldiers and civilians.
Fulton said the ex-spies had been driven to make the video through sheer frustration that the government would not ensure their safety and give them enough money to live on, knowing full well they could never return to their homes and take up ordinary jobs. They want the Ministry of Defence to relocate them with new identities, new careers and full military pensions.
"We were the tip of the sword. We put our lives on the line and they are throwing us away," said Fulton. "We've written to the MoD, the police, M15 but everyone is passing the buck. I'm not a murderer or a liar. I did what I did for the British army."
Fulton also thinks the public deserves to know exactly how unscrupulous the intelligence forces were in the secret "war" against terrorism.
He believes they were willing to sacrifice his life, as they had done others before him, to protect a highly placed mole code-named Stakeknife who he claims is still active at the heart of the Provisional IRA in Belfast.