Here is a classic operation by British intelligence monitoring IRA/Sinn Fein leaders through the use of the humble chauffeur!
The leader, his driver and the driver's handler: chauffeur revealed as MI5 agent
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/northern ... 01,00.html
Â· Latest mole in Sinn Fein drove Gerry Adams
Â· Roy McShane taken into protective custody
Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Saturday February 9, 2008
MI5 took one of Gerry Adams' personal drivers into protective custody yesterday after the man, Roy McShane, was unmasked as a British agent.
It is understood MI5 advised him to leave his west Belfast home after it emerged that an internal IRA investigation found he had been working for the British for more than a decade.
McShane was part of a pool of drivers for senior republican leaders from the time of the IRA's first ceasefire in 1994. He was one of the Sinn FÃ©in president's drivers during one of the most politically important periods of the Irish peace process, the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
The unmasking of yet another British agent inside the republican movement in Belfast is an embarrassment for Sinn FÃ©in and an indication of the depths to which the security forces penetrated the organisation in the latter years of the Troubles.
A security source said MI5 was so concerned to get the man out quickly that he had to leave behind his wife and family. But Sinn FÃ©in, who said McShane had never been a party member, emphasised he was "not under any threat from republicans". Republican sources said he was not party to sensitive information and added that there had been a cloud of suspicion over him for some time. He had recently stopped working as a driver for the party.
Alex Maskey, Sinn FÃ©in's assembly member for South Belfast, said McShane had confessed to his family that he was working for the British security forces. Trying to play down McShane's significance, Maskey said: "I see him under no threat from republicans. The war is over. We made steps sometime ago to remove him from his position as a driver, but we didn't have specific evidence against him." He said McShane was safe to return and the affair had been "extremely distressing" for his family.
The smaller nationalist party at Stormont, the SDLP, said last night this latest unmasking of another agent underlined the need for a full inquiry into the role of informers operating in organisations such as the IRA. Alex Attwood, the party's assembly member for West Belfast, said: "It will come as no surprise that it has now come out that yet another member of the movement, who drove for leading members of Sinn FÃ©in, was working for the security forces.
"But what we now need to know is how high and how deep in Sinn FÃ©in and other parts of the Provisional movement the penetration by police, army and security services agents went.
"We need to know the full extent of collusion between republican and loyalist groups and the security forces, and we need to know the full price of such collusion in terms of human life."
This latest mole is understood to have worked as a pool driver for Adams at the same time as the security services were bugging a car which transported Martin McGuinness to and from negotiations. The late Mo Mowlam, then Northern Ireland secretary, had authorised the bugging of a car driven by IRA intelligence officer Martin "Duckster" Lynch throughout 1997 and 1998.
Lynch's job was to take McGuinness, now Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, to talks with British and Irish ministers as well as other political parties prior to the Good Friday deal.
After the deal there were further revelations that senior republicans had been working as British agents. In December 2005 Denis Donaldson, then head of Sinn FÃ©in's administration at Stormont, was forced to confess publicly that for more than two decades he had been working for the British security forces, firstly for RUC special branch and then for MI5.
He was shot dead near Glenties, Co Donegal in April 2006.
McShane was part of a pool of drivers established by the republican movement from the time of the IRA's first ceasefire in 1994. The pool was headed by Adams' confidant the late Terence "Cleeky" Clarke. Among those whom McShane worked with on the car pool was Paul "Chico" Hamilton, once named as the chief of the IRA section which carried out so-called punishment attacks and shootings.
Stakeknife, claimed to be Freddie Scappaticci, was one of the most important British agents working inside the IRA. He was head of IRA counter-intelligence whose job it was to smoke out informers but was in fact a top British spy. Scappaticci has denied he was a spy.
Denis Donaldson Confidant of Gerry Adams who rose up through republicans ranks to run Sinn FÃ©in at Stormont. Accused of deliberately deselecting candidates whose loyalty to Adams was in doubt. As Sinn FÃ©in's international spokesman had links with Hizbullah and the PLO. All the time working for both RUC special branch and MI5.
Sean O'Callaghan Former IRA southern commander who thwarted a number of bombings attacks in Britain for both the Garda SÃochÃ¡na and RUC special branch.
"Kevin Fulton" Former British soldier from south Armagh sent into the IRA by his handlers. "Fulton" has described how he worked for the security forces while helping to upgrade IRA bomb-making technology. He bugged arms dumps, the homes of south Armagh republicans and de-activated weapons.
Martin McGartland aka Agent Carol, a special branch informer working inside the IRA's Belfast brigade. His book Fifty Dead Men Walking has now been made into a film.
PS: I advocate the essential viewing of this splendid film,"The lives of others",the Academy Award winning film about a Stasi operation during the Cold War.It is simply riveting.It teaches you that no place is safe to speak,even the most unlikely and to remember the ancient adage,"into a closed mouth,entereth no fly".