Police caught on tape trying to recruit protester as spy

By Paul Lewis~London Guardian

Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.

They claim to have infiltrated a number of environmental groups and said they are receiving information about leaders, tactics and plans of future demonstrations.

The dramatic disclosures are revealed in almost three hours of secretly recorded discussions between covert officers claiming to be from Strathclyde police, and an activist from the protest group Plane Stupid, whom the officers attempted to recruit as a paid spy after she had been released on bail following a demonstration at Aberdeen airport last month.

Matilda Gifford, 24, said she recorded the meetings in an attempt to expose how police seek to disrupt the legitimate activities of climate change activists. She met the officers twice; they said they were a detective constable and his assistant. During the taped discussions, the officers:

• Indicate that she could receive tens of thousands of pounds to pay off her student loans in return for information about individuals within Plane Stupid.

• Say they will not pay money direct into her bank account because that would leave an audit trail that would leave her compromised. They said the money would be tax-free, and added: “UK plc can afford more than 20 quid.”

• Accept that she is a legitimate protester, but warn her that her activity could mean she will struggle to find employment in the future and result in a criminal record.

• Claim they have hundreds of informants feeding them information from protest organisations and “big groupings” from across the political spectrum.

• Explain that spying could assist her if she was arrested. “People would sell their soul to the devil,” an officer said.

• Warn her that she could be jailed alongside “hard, evil” people if she received a custodial sentence.

The meetings took place in a Glasgow police station last month and in a supermarket cafe on Tuesday. Gifford used a mobile phone and device sewn into her waistcoat to record what they described as a “business proposal” that she should think of as a job.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi, cool post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for blogging. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your posts. Keep up the good work

  2. What in the world can we do to destroy this group and all of its many connections to the world power structure? Its many connections, such as CFR, Tri lateral commission,most of the legal bodies in all western nations, all big banks and their many connections, the elected leaders of all western nations and probably many other nations, our entire congress and our last presidents: Obama, Bush2, Clinton, Bush1, Carter, not Reagan but so many others as Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Wilson of WWI fame, the list is endless. Unfortunately they all believed that the people should be told what to do, how to think etc.

    Whatever happened to the Constitution? What about our Justices who rule from the bench and do not follow the leadership of our Constitution? I don’t see or hear any solutions. If all this continues as it probably will, the world’s people will lose what sovereighty they might enjoy momentarily. It will be over.

  3. now that people know this is happening what is going to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

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