Sunday Life

Spy strikes wrong notes with Queen
MoD warns off ex-agent over letters to Palace about collusion in Ulster

By Stephen Breen

14 December 2003
A FORMER Army agent, who spied on the IRA's notorious border units, during the Troubles, was last night at the centre of a row with the Queen.

The man, who uses the pseudonyms 'Tommy Doheny' and 'Sam Rosenfeld', could end up in jail, after writing two letters to Buckingham Palace, about alleged collusion between terrorists and the security forces.

The letters outlined the ex-spy's experiences of working with the security forces, in Fermanagh and Tyrone, in the early 1990s.

The London-based businessman, who is suing two of his former military handlers, wrote to the Queen, in a fresh bid to highlight his case.

But the MoD stepped in, after learning about the letters, and threatened to prosecute the ex-spy, if he continued to contact the Queen.

The former spy went to the west Belfast home of the man accused of being Army agent 'Stakeknife' on Friday, in a bid to force him into court. Freddie Scappaticci has consistently denied the charge.

Said the former agent: "I wrote to the Queen, because she is the head of state, the upholder of our constitution.

"I wanted to tell her that armed forces, in Northern Ireland, were allowing murders to take place, letting their agents kill with impunity.

"The latest threats, to have me jailed, are because of my letters to the Queen, exposing collusion between terrorists and the security forces."

The ex-agent claims to have spied on the Provos, and dissidents, for the shadowy Force Research Unit (FRU), before being "abandoned" by his handlers.

He also had his cover blown on the internet, after launching £500,000 compensation claims against Tony Blair and the MoD.

The businessman's real name and address have appeared on an American website, which reveals his legal claim forms against the Prime Minister and MoD.

The MoD threat is the latest chapter in a 10-year battle by the Englishman, against the British authorities.

When Sunday Life asked him last year, if he was concerned about his cover being blown, he replied: "Of course I'm concerned.

"But I've had enough. That is why I've taken these drastic steps, to issue papers against my former handlers.

"My main concern is to bring closure to this. I want to get on with my life."

He also claims one of his former handlers was also the handler to 'Stakeknife', reportedly the highest-ranking security services agent inside the IRA.

But solicitors acting for the alleged IRA mole said their client had never mentioned 'Rosenfeld', and would not be prepared to act as a witness in his case.

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