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Early one morning in March 1985, as he climbed the six steps of Margaret Thatcher's prime-ministerial jet on the runway of RAF Aldergrove, little did Willie Carlin know the role Freddie Scappaticci played in saving his life.
So began the dramatic extraction of Margaret Thatcherâ€™s key undercover agent in Sinn FÃ©in â€“ Willie Carlin, aka Agent 3007. For 11 years the former British soldier worked alongside former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in the republican movementâ€™s political wing in Derry. He was MI5â€™s man at McGuinnessâ€™ side and gave the British State unprecedented insight into the IRA leaderâ€™s strategic thinking. Carlin worked with McGuinness to develop Sinn FÃ©inâ€™s election strategy after the 1981 hunger strike, and the MI5 and later FRU agentâ€™s reports on McGuinness, Adams and other republicans were read by the British Cabinet, including Margaret Thatcher herself.
When Carlinâ€™s cover was blown in mid-1985 thanks to one of his old MI5 handlers being jailed as a Soviet spy, Thatcher authorised the use of her jet to whisk him to safety. Incredibly, it was another British â€˜super spyâ€™ inside the IRAâ€™s secretive counter-intelligence unit, the â€˜nuttinâ€™ squadâ€™, who saved Carlinâ€™s life. The Derry man is perhaps the only person alive thanks to the information provided by the â€˜jewel in the crownâ€™ of British military intelligence â€“ Freddie Scappaticci, aka Stakeknife.
In Thatcherâ€™s Spy, the Cold War meets Northern Irelandâ€™s Dirty War in the remarkable real-life story of a deep under-cover British intelligence agent, a man now doomed forever to look over his shoulder. . .
- Format: PDF
- Pages: 300 pages
- Publisher: Irish Academic Press
- Publication Date: 29/09/2019
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781785372889