Ive been keeping an eye on this over the past few months. While nothing surprises me with regards to the intelligence war that was fought during Operation Banner, the ongoing Smithwick Tribunal set up by the Irish Govt. to investigate if there was Garda collusion in the deaths of two senior RUC intelligence officers in 1989 following a meeting with the Gardai in Dundalk, is raising some potentially sensitive matters. Of note recently The Belfast Telegraph has had two articles in which Stakeknife (aka Freddie Scappaticci) has been implicated in the murders by Ian Hurst, a military intelligence whistleblower and also, supposedly through rather deceptive means, by former commander of UK Land Forces General Sir John Wilsey who was Army commander in Northern Ireland from 1990 to 1993. Freddie Scappaticci was our most valuable spy in IRA during the Troubles: British Army chief - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk More: Secrets of a long-running intelligence war laid bare - News Analysis, Opinion - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk Short BBC piece: BBC News - Army agent gives Smithwick Tribunal evidence in private While this will not come as a great surprise to many with even some familiarity with the troubles in NI, I was a somewhat surprised to learn that Hurst is claiming that up to 4 of the IRA active service unit that planned and executed the attack on the two policemen were working for one of the various British intelligence agencies operating in the province. If this is true, it does raise certain questions, not to mention exactly who (if at all) was deciding who lived and who died in order to protect sources, and if it is found that these two policemen were killed with the knowledge of the British Intelligence (in whatever guise) can it be justified? It seems to be likely that Scappaticci (by all accounts a nasty piece of work) as head of the IRA internal security team on numerous occasions tortured and killed volunteers that he (and his handlers) knew were British informers/agents, in order to protect his senior position in theIRA. Few are party to the quality/volume of information he was feeding military intelligence and the good that it did in saving lives and bringing hostilities to a conclusion. But on the basis that this man and others like him did save lives (many British forces for that matter) should it make him/them deserving of some respect/recognition? If Martin McGuinness was found to be a tout who fed high grade intelligence to us over the past 20-30 years, should our views towards him change? Thought Id share and interested to know members thoughts, particularly those that served during Op Banner. Not sure where I stand.