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British Agent Spirited to Safe House Before Papers' Revelation

A man believed to be Britain’s longtime top intelligence agent within the Irish Republican Army was reported to have been moved to an official safe house in England this weekend after it emerged that Sunday newspapers in Ireland and Scotland would identify him by name. The Sunday Tribune in Dublin and The Sunday Herald in Glasgow said the informer, long referred to by the British authorities by the code name Stakeknife, was Alfredo “Freddy” Scappaticci, a Belfast man now in his 50s. The papers said he infiltrated the IRA in the 1970s and rose to become the clandestine army’s officer charged with checking recruits to make sure they were not informers and tracking down veterans thought to be undercover British agents. If it is true that the man responsible for rooting out British agents was himself one, it would represent a startling security setback for the IRA, a force known for the fierce loyalty of its members and for the brutal summary judgment punishments it metes out to suspected informers. Full Story

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