Britain’s Dirty War
Now here’s a book I have just finished reading. It tells the story of a Catholic Newry man who uses the pseudonym Kevin Fulton who signed up as a British soldier and was quickly picked up by British Military intelligence as a “spy” on the Provisional I.R.A and later the R.I.R.A. To this effect he was officially “demobbed” from the British army (given a dishonourable discharge) but paid a weekly wage in secret. He (Fulton) was assured by British Military intelligence that he would be pulled out if he got into any trouble, relocated to a new home and a lump sum for his resettlement. These assurances would prove to be hollow when the time came for him to flee the North of Ireland.
According to his book it took him all of seven years to join the P.I.R.A as they where not very trusting of an ex British soldier and wisely so but his handlers in British Military intelligence / Force Research Unit (FRU) were prepared to wait years to insert their “mole” into the IRA. Fulton hung around republicans/ republican bars to ingrate himself with the local IRA. Initially he started off by carrying “things” in his ice cream van over the border. (Never knew that a ice cream round was so profitable ) carrying messages and so on. Whilst all the time meeting with his FRU handlers and reporting on all that happened. Fulton eventually got into the bomb making section of the IRA and ground down fertiliser to make into bombs, he claims that none of the bombs he made killed anyone but is reticent on his exact involvement for legal reasons obviously. However a opening section in his book says he took part in the killing of British soldiers, police informants and members of the RUC (the then Police force ) all to keep his cover. He (Fulton) became increasing aware that the FRU promises of relocation were hollow and he would have to provide some major intelligence or some big victory for the FRU to obtain it.
Fulton was eventually caught out when he supplied a car and a cloned mobile phone for a Belfast IRA unit who where intercepted by the RUC. All the fingers pointed to Fulton being a “mole” even the provos had figured it out. Fulton claims that his interrogator “Michael” was a bigger tout than him and he had basically being “given up” to protect a bigger informer. After some questioning by the IRA Fulton fled the North and went to England. He found whilst in London that’s his hotline number to the FRU no longer worked and got a Forklift company instead. They the (FRU) were prepared to have Fulton killed rather than pay out on resettlement for their agent. Fulton also claims to have “tipped” off the RUC about the Omagh bombing in 1998 at least 48 hours in advance of it. He is suing the British government for what he believes he is entitled to in a civil suit.