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Belfast 'Spy' Denies Being Informer 'Stakeknife'

A Belfast man named as Britain’s highest-ranking informer within the IRA on Tuesday denied allegations that he was the British agent “Stakeknife.” In a statement, a lawyer for Alfredo “Freddy” Scappaticci said the west Belfast builder denied “each and every one” of the allegations made since he was identified as Stakeknife by a number of Web Sites and newspapers on Sunday. “He is not Stakeknife. He has never been an informer, has never contacted the intelligence services, has never been taken into protective custody and has never received any money from the security services,” said solicitor Michael Flanigan. “My client is the victim of misinformation, apparently emanating from the security forces and disseminated by the press.” Scappaticci, allegedly a leading member of the IRA’s feared internal discipline unit, the “Nutting Squad,” was reported to be in hiding in England, although the IRA’s political ally Sinn Fein said his family insisted he was still in Belfast. Full Story

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