By John Hanley (for Forum Magazine)
In 1996 MI5 assigned agent David Rupert the task of infiltrating dissident republican circles in Ireland. Rupert’s priceless intelligence gave MI5 an indispensable insight in to the membership and modus operandi of both dissident republican groups on either side of the border. Throughout his stay in Ireland Rupert forwarded all of the relevant intelligence he had acquired to MI5 via encrypted e-mails. Between 1997 and 2001 Rupert posted 2166 e-mails to his paymasters in British intelligence.
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