Monday, May 12, 2003
Stakeknife: From what I'm reading, the IRA is in a major tizzy over the "outing" of the secret British agent, "Stakeknife", who, in his most recent role, was the head of internal security for the IRA. While the shock is no doubt severe to the Irish, one has to wonder what the gentleman really accomplished. By some accounts, he was able to steer assassinations and expose informants. But, can that be all? Or is that all you get for 80,000 pounds annually? I'm going to track this as best I can and see what comes of it. Early word is that the British are ready to pull other agents/informants for fear of exposure or a witch-hunt. In any event, one imagines this has to hurt negotiations.