Alfredo ‘Freddie’ Scappaticci pictured at the 1987 funeral of IRA man Larry Marley.  Scappaticci denies claims he is Stakeknife. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

What is the Stakeknife scandal? The agent code named “Stakeknife” was one of British military intelligence’s most valued assets, operating inside the(...)

Freddie Scappaticci has denied he is Stakeknife

A police inquiry into one of the biggest spy scandals in the history of British intelligence has recommended that more than 20 people including senior(...)

 The wreckage of the mechanical digger and the van used by the IRA men at Loughgall. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

The British agent known as Stakeknife was entrusted with the IRA’s internal investigation into the deaths of eight IRA members in an SAS ambush in Lou(...)

Retiring Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three serving and one former senior police officer, including the man who is in charge of the investigation into the British army agent known as Stake(...)

Alfredo “Freddie” Scappaticci in 1987: Stakeknife was the code-name for a British army agent inside the IRA, identified as Scappaticci. Scappaticci denies the claims. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The power of the Stakeknife story to upset comforting histories in Northern Ireland can be gauged by the range of people who never mention it. Promine(...)

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher speaks to the media in Belfast to give an update on the Stakeknife investigation.Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“If I wanted to be popular I would have got a Labrador, ” said Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher who is leading an investigation into one of t(...)

Freddie Scappaticci in west Belfast in 2003. He has been named as the British agent code-named Stakeknife. He denies this. Photograph: Pacemaker

Serving and former members of the British army as well as former members of the IRA have been questioned about the activities of the army agent Stakek(...)

Judges at the High Court in Belfast dismissed a bid by Frank Mulhern challenging the Public Prosecution Service’s alleged failure to have Freddie Scappaticci face perjury proceedings.

The father of an IRA murder victim has lost a High Court battle to have perjury charges brought against a west Belfast man for denying he was the top (...)

The case centres on an affidavit sworn by Freddie Scappaticci in 2003 during his own failed attempt to force the British government to state he was not the army’s highest-ranking spy inside the IRA.

A decision not to bring perjury charges against a west Belfast man for denying his role as the top British agent “Stakeknife” was flawed, the High Cou(...)

In 2003, Stakeknife was widely named as west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci but he has always strongly denied the allegation

Detectives have been granted additional time to question a man widely named as the British army’s notorious IRA agent Stakeknife. A team of independ(...)

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