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Seán Kelly.

474 Galtymore Road,

Drimnagh,

Dublin 12.

Monday 15.10.07

(Dear Mrs. O’Loan)

Further to my letter dated 11.07.07 and your return (NOL/RC/SK170707), enclosed is a document from a large private collection, subscribed in the belief that if it is not forwarded it may not be picked up by researchers investigating the Stakeknife-Scappaticci allegations.

The compilation refers to the core accusation in the Stakeknife saga that Belfast pensioner, Francisco Notorantonio, was set up by British military intelligence to be murdered as a substitute for alleged FRU agent Freddie Scappaticci.

I have never believed the claims that Mr. Scappaticci was a FRU agent to be true. The content of the enclosure will give cause for most fair minded people to accept a contrary view.

Items 4a, 4b & 4c of that enclosure provide evidence of lying by former FRU handler Martin Ingram. The certitude of what is offered is not down to my say-so but comes from the mouth of Martin Ingram himself, and was made possible by an inattention to homework.

A reading will explain.

All the quoted source material mentioned in the document should be available or accessible to your office. If any item is not at hand, a copy page of same can be sent on by me on receipt of request.

The presentation was intended for personal use, and carries some non politically correct observations. I put the inclination for these occasional cynical sojourns down to my lack of formal education.

The choice was to exclude or include them. I chose the latter.

(Yours sincerely)

Mrs Nuala O’Loan.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

New Cathedral Buildings,

St. Anne’s Square,

11 Church Street,

Belfast BT1 1PG.

*****

Seán Kelly.

474 Galtymore Road,

Drimnagh,

Dublin 12.

Tuesday 30.10.07

(Dear Mrs. O’Loan)

Thank you for your letter of 22 October, received today.

A re-reading of my 15 October presentation, has brought to my attention that one paragraph had quotation marks omitted, and, more important, a mistype caused year 2003 to read 2005 – last paragraph in page 4b.

I have taken the opportunity to correct these errors. In doing so I have also moderated some personal observations in the compilation.

As my correspondence is now with your Senior Director of Investigations, to make ease of validation and establish the provenance of the material, enclosed are two corrected copies of the Scappaticci-Notorantonio document earlier forwarded, as well as copies of all source documents from which the quoted references within are borrowed. These to authenticate claims made.

For every past kindness, I thank you.

(Yours sincerely)

Mrs. Nuala O’Loan.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

New Cathedral Buildings,

St. Anne’s Square,

11 Church Street,

Belfast BTI 1PG.

*****

Scappaticci-Notorantonio Re. Claims by Martin Ingram

*) Item 1 – UDA: Sunday Life, 25.05.03

*) Item 2 – UDA/UFF: The Irish News, Monday 12.05.03

*) Item 3 – Brian Nelson: The Guardian, Monday 12.05.03

*) Item 4a – Martin Ingram in the Stakeknife book (pages 222-223)

*) Item 4b – Ministry of Defence Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Re. Martin Ingram

*) Item 4c – Bloody Sunday Inquiry (26.07.02 Statement by Martin Ingram)

*) Item 5a – Sunday Life, 01.06.03

*) Item 5b – The Sunday People, 15.06.03

*) Item 6 – Greg Harkin in the Stakeknife book (page 221)

*) Item 7 – The Sunday Times, 10.09.00

Note: Highlighting used in coming items is mine.

*****

Scappaticci-Notorantonio

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1) UDA:

Sunday Life, 25.05.03 –(P9) – By Alan Murray. “The UDA has dismissed claims that it ever planned to kill Freddie Scappaticci…a senior UDA man has categorically denied repeated reports that Army agent Brian Nelson steered the terror group away from killing Scappaticci in 1987 by directing them to murder west Belfast pensioner, Francisco Notorantonio…but Stevens Inquiry detectives have found no evidence to support this, during their probe into security force collusion with paramilitaries.

“…A senior member of the UDA’s west Belfast brigade has confirmed they did have a security force photo-montage, featuring Scappaticci, in 1987. But the UDA veteran rubbished the idea that Nelson substituted Scappaticci’s name as a target with Notorantonio. ‘It didn’t happen – it’s as plain as that. Scappaticci was never a prime target in the 1980’s, nor at any time’.

“’He wasn’t considered important, and we were concentrating on more active IRA figures, like Danny McCann, Brian Gillen, Anto Murray. Eddie Copeland, and some others in the Ardoyne. They were the key players in the IRA we were after, and we nearly killed McCann in one attempt – he ran out the back door and climbed over a wall.’

“He added: ‘I’ll say now – 110% – Scappaticci was not a top target. It’s nonsense to say we took Notorantonio out to save him. It didn’t happen.’

“He also confirmed that Brian Nelson supplied two detailed files on Notorantonio, and another man, in August or September of 1987.”

*

Note:

1) Francisco Notorantonio was shot dead in his Ballymurphy home on Friday 9 October, 1987.

2) The Sunday Life report is emphatic.

Sunday Life, 25 May 2003. Page 8.

Sunday Life, 25 May 2003. Page 9.
 

Scappaticci-Notorantonio

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2) UDA/UFF:

The Irish News, Monday 12.05.03 – (P7 – No Byline): “Ironically some of the few people who knew the identity of Stakeknife were the UFF gunmen who were persuaded not to kill him. On October 9, 1987 west Belfast pensioner Francisco Notorantonio was shot dead by the UDA, which is aligned to the UFF, in a high profile murder said to have been carried out to protect ‘Stakeknife’.

“It was alleged that Britain’s most senior intelligence chiefs had sanctioned the killing to protect their agent, who was being targeted by the UFF. The decision to encourage the UFF to target Francisco Notorantonio is alleged to have been taken at a meeting with MI5 chiefs and FRU handlers at British Army headquarters in Lisburn.

“It was the revelation that security forces had colluded in the murder of Francisco Notorantonio, which led to the allegation that a mole codenamed Stakeknife existed within the IRA.”

*

Note:

1) And the UDA/UFF kept quiet about knowing who the supposed Stakeknife person was, when exploiting it would have allowed them to make mischief at the expense of the IRA.

Surely one of the silliest claims of all? The surprise is that any journalist would conclude thus.

2) Also in the same newspaper is this: “The one thing that does appear to be certain is that a FRU agent codenamed Stakeknife does exist.”

Any bets?

The Irish News, Monday 12 May 2003. Page 7.
 

Scappaticci-Notorantonio

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3) Brian Nelson:

The Guardian, Monday 12.05.03 – (P18) By John Ware. “Some reports suggest that Stakeknife was once targeted by loyalist death squads, and that FRU used Nelson to steer them away from Stakeknife by picking another target: an elderly ex-IRA man, Francis [sic] Notorantonio, who was shot dead in October 1987. Again, no evidence has been discovered by Stevens to support this. Nelson’s private diaries, in which he sometimes wrote candidly about his own involvement and that of FRU in assassinations, do not support the theory either.”

The Guardian, Monday 12 May 2003. Page 18.
 

Scappaticci-Notorantonio

4a

4a) Martin Ingram in the Stakeknife Book

Stakeknife – The Book (2004) – (PP222-223) Ingram saw the files on the Notorantonio killing when working for the FRU. They were in the Stakeknife files. Ingram says: “I read the files which showed the loyalists were targeting Stakeknife and I discussed it with Stakeknife’s handler. He confirmed loyalists had picked Scappaticci, among others. I also discussed it with Nelson’s handler, who said basically that it had been taken care of. [Nelson’s handler] told me: ‘A substitute has been put in place. It caused an almighty flap, but everything is back on track.’ This conversation was before the Notorantonio murder, and I had no idea how things were put ‘back on track’. I learned after the killing that Notorantonio had been the substitute. My superiors and the handlers involved knew I was appalled by what had happened, a pensioner had been killed. I was told to ‘shut up’ and things got heated. I remember one of my senior officers said something like, ‘Didn’t Gerry Adams carry the coffin? It couldn’t have gone better for us’. Another said, ‘we want to take the war to the enemy. The end justifies the means.’ I thought it was wrong then and I still believe it is wrong. It was State-sponsored murder and the family of Mr. Notorantonio deserves to know the truth.”

Senior officers would routinely write end-of-year reports for each FRU handler. At end of 1990, Ingram’s superior wrote in his confidential report: ‘XXXXXX [Martin Ingram] must temper his comments when briefing senior army officers.’ The report was a recommendation for promotion, but the comment was clearly a reference to Ingram’s numerous conversations with senior officers when he had questioned the FRU’s role in a number of incidents. Ingram later recounted these heated exchanges to a senior investigating officer with the Stevens Inquiry, recalling in particular the murder of Notorantonio. That conversation was taped.

Front cover. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (1). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (2). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Page 222. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).
Page 223. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

4b

4b) Ministry of Defence Letter to the Saville Inquiry: Re. Martin Ingram

Note A

A letter to the Saville Inquiry, dated 8 May 2003, from W. G. Byatt, Head of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry Unit, Ministry of Defence (PP K12.43 & K12.44): “From 1984 until 1987 Mr. Ingram was employed in Great Britain; this tour included a six month deployment abroad. Mr. Ingram was promoted to Sergeant in 1986. Late in the following year he was posted once again to the FRU in Northern Ireland.”

Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry. Page K12.43, 8 May 2003.

Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry. Page K12.44, 8 May 2003.

4c

4c) Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Re. Statement of 26.07.02 by Martin Ingram

Note B

Ingram’s Saville inquiry Statement, Page 12.6, Para 12: “I stayed in Derry until late 1984 when I was given a compassionate posting due to the ill health of my father. I did Security Section administrative duties relating to counter terrorism in the UK until mid 1987when I was posted to Belize. On my return I requested to attend a FRU course at Repton Manor, Ashford, Kent. I was posted to St. Angelo (near Enniskillen) a couple of weeks after the memorial bombing; this posting was to augment the small detachment in response of the bombing.”

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Notes A and B (in sections 4b and 4c) give cause not only to question the veracity of the Stakeknife book but the whole Stakeknife industry. When Francisco Notorantonio was murdered on Friday 9 October 1987, Martin Ingram was either in Belize or England. He was posted to FRU West in Northern Ireland “a couple of weeks after the memorial bombing…to augment the small detachment in response to the bombing.”

The Remembrance Day bombing was on Sunday 08.11.87 – a full month after the slaying of Francisco Notorantonio.

For the quoted Stakeknife book representation by Martin Ingram to have taken place, he would have needed months of sustained bi-location from wherever to Northern Ireland in the latter months of 1987, prior to his return there.

While MI5/MoD deem it within their remit to indulge in acts of public deception, miracles are not their forte.

The Stakeknife book and its antecedents is a credulous straining of historic events sold on to us by a manipulated media through agents and agencies of state. All the world is a stage, it is said. And the Stakeknife story proves it. The big lie of Stakeknife is a microcosm of the global fraternity of the supposed Free West. In that supranational design called the “democratic process”, we are as often fed falsehoods as we are shielded from the truth. Occasional crumbs of comfort are to be had when our servant-masters entangle in their web of lies.

The irony of it is, it is the sweat off our backs that sustains those who dissemble to us and preclude us from knowing otherwise. If any of our elected representatives were aware of this “whistleblower” scam, none seemed aroused enough to make challenge. A greater shame that.

In short, Mr. Ingram lied and lied grievously. And he did it at the behest and with the facilitation of national security interests. The answer to the question as to why this was done, is, I am confident, one Mr. Ingram is not fully privy to.

Martin Ingram Bloody Sunday Inquiry Statement. Page K12.1.

Martin Ingram Bloody Sunday Inquiry Statement. Page K12.6.

5a

5a) “From theatre on Ingram…”

Sunday Life, 01.06.03 – (P6 – No Byline) “MoD ‘leaked whistleblower details’. MoD spooks were last night accused of leaking the whereabouts of whistleblowing former squaddie, Martin Ingram, in a bid to shut him up.

“The former Force Research Unit (FRU) handler has become a thorn in the government’s side, for helping the Bloody Sunday probe boss, Lord Saville, uncover security force collusion.

“Said a source: ‘Ingram has been told to shut up – or else. These leaks are very worrying. He reckons this is part of a wider conspiracy to stop former soldiers from becoming whistleblowers.’

“A Saville Inquiry source told us: ‘Lord Saville is furious. He has ordered an inquiry.’”

*

Note: Most fairytales are written by adults for children. Journalists write fairytales for adults only.

Sunday Life, 1 June 2003. Page 6.
 

5b

5b) “…to theatre by Ingram (at a remove).”

The Sunday People, 15.06.03 – (P33 Exclusive By Greg Harkin) “British Army officers have enraged collusion probe chief Sir John Stevens by DESTROYING thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci, we can reveal.

“And the move is intended to effectively kill off the Stevens Inquiry probe into Britain’s role into murders carried out by their top agent inside the IRA’s so-called Nutting Squad.

“Stevens detectives have spent the past six months poring over documents relating to murders set up by Scappaticci and loyalist agent Brian Nelson.

“The files were finally handed over by the Ministry of Defence late last year as Stevens began to widen his inquiry.

“Senior MoD officials are claiming the destruction of the documents was normal procedure. But Sir john and his team are said to be “spitting mad” over what they see as underhand tactics by the Army.

“Sources say the bulk of the documents were destroyed after The People ran a story last year linking Stakeknife to the operation which led to the imprisonment in 1990 of Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison.

“Scappaticci had provided details of the operation to the secret army outfit the Force Research Unit who in turn had passed the information to Special Branch.

“Now Sir John’s team has found that most of the MoD forms used to collate information from army informers has been destroyed. He knows they did exist because he has obtained a documents registry. This file logs the creation of other classified documents.

“But sir John’s search for these files has proved fruitless.

“[A source in the Stevens team said]: ‘…In essence the smoking gun is gone. The only thing left is the testimony of whistleblowerslike Martin Ingram who should be encouraged to go on the record and not pilloried and intimidated as has been the case in the past.’”

*

Note:

1) Master MoD form 102, which records the destruction of all documents requires the sanction of an officer of at least captain rank and a senior non commissioned officer/warrant officer.

2) There is more to this report than is given in the above extract. The greatest kindness I can bestow on it is to make no further comment.

3) The MoD are something else. One should award them a green environmental sticker for the smokeless incineration of “thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci.”

Encouraged by this, they will surely work hard on reinventing the “smoking gun”.

The Sunday People, 15 June 2003. Page 33.

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6) Greg Harkin:

Stakeknife – The Book (P 221): “Charlotte Notorantonio, like many families, is demanding an inquiry into her father’s murder. It has been suggested to me, however, that the FRU destroyed all references to the murder after The People story of August 2000. That should come as no surprise.”

Note:

The claim for the most egregious abuse heaped on anybody by the Stakeknife saga, must go to the Notorantonio family. Not only was their father murdered by the UDA, the Stakeknife agenda resurrected the story of the murder and murdered the truth on the murder, doing so on behalf of state interests. That is surely an act of scarcely imaginable cruelty.

The standard intelligence cop-out from being caught out lying, is to lie again and again…

How do they do that? Through the media, of course. Without the media intelligence agencies would be speechless.

Observe:

The People, Sunday 15.06.03 – By Greg Harkin. “But the lies and deceit from British Army officers has continued to the point where Freddie Scappaticci’s role as Stakeknife has been erased from the files…”

The People, Sunday 15.06.03 – By Greg Harkin. “British Army officers have enraged collusion probe chief Sir John Stevens by DESTROYING thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci, we can reveal. And the move is intended to kill off the Stevens Inquiry probe into Britain’s role into murders carried out by their top agent inside the IRA’s so-called Nutting Squad…

“[A source in the Stevens team said]: ‘…In essence the smoking gun has gone. The only thing left is the testimony of whistleblowers like Martin Ingram’…”

And, to repeat:

Stakeknife – The Book (P 221) – “It has been suggested to me, however, that the FRU destroyed all references to the [Notorantonio] murder after The People story of August 2000. That should come as no surprise.”

*

The lie today is killed off by the lie tomorrow.

Front cover. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (1). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (2). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Page 221. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

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7) Liam Clarke:

The Sunday Times, 10.09.00 – (P8 – By Liam Clarke): “These papers, witheld until the Ingram suspect revealed their existence to Stevens, include the most sensitive military documents in Northern Ireland: the so-called ‘secrets books’, which record the movements of all intelligence in the province. These records will form the basis for the interrogation of FRU members. They show what intelligence was passed to the RUC and MI5 and what was withheld by the army.

“As the [Stevens] inquiry progresses it comes ever closer to the most sensitive of all the secrets of the Troubles, the long term moles placed by British military intelligence in the IRA. The key figure is a man known to his handlers as Steak Knife, an agent since the early 1970’s who is so highly placed that an entire office and a fleet of vehicles is devoted to him.

Steak Knife, whose identity has never been disclosed by Ingram, is paid £60,000 tax-free a year plus bonus; compared with £10,000 which Nelson received for infiltrating the UDA and taking control of its intelligence gathering.”

Every time I read the above report, I chuckle.

http://stakeknife.eu/StakeKnife_03.html
The Sunday Times, 10 September 2000. Page 8.

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