She left MI5 deeply disillusioned.
In 1997, she went on the run from the UK with her boyfriend, former fellow spy David Shayler.
He was subsequently jailed for disclosing secrets, including that MI6 had allegedly funded a plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi. That was why I’d joined. When you stopped a bomb, it was wonderful when you got results. Nevertheless, machon had responsibility and freedom in MI5 when combating Irish terrorism. They acknowledged the IRA as the most professional terrorist organisation they’d dealt with. Loyalists, and republican splinter groups like the INLA, were a lot less sophisticated. Considering the above said. There was a huge understanding of the IRA and the Northern Ireland conflict. Then again, we weren’t just a bunch of bigots saying string up the terrorists. If it wanted to tap a phone in the Republic.