Adams, McGuinness 'protected informers'
JIM CUSACK JUST before New Year, an article appeared on a website run by disgruntled ex-spies written by a former British Army intelligence officer who uses the cover-name, Martin Ingrams. The article contained remarkable allegations about the IRA leadership of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
Under normal circumstances, few would pay much attention to the views of a man who spent much of his career recruiting and handling informers. However, 'Ingrams' is the man who named Freddy Scappaticci, former head of the IRA's internal security section, as an informer. Scappaticci, who has since moved to Italy, denied the allegations initially but then left Belfast and made no effort to rebut Ingrams's allegations.
The naming of Scappaticci as the British Army's high-ranking informer, code-named 'Stake Knife', sent shock waves through the IRA.