Agents of Influence : Britain's Secret Intelligence War Against the IRA
Recruited by British Intelligence to infiltrate the IRA and SinnÂ Féin during the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles, theyÂ were 'agents of influence'. With codenames like INFLICTION,Â STAKEKNIFE, 3007 and CAROL, these spies played a pivotalÂ role in the fight against Irish republicanism. Now, for the firstÂ time, some of these agents have emerged from the shadowsÂ to tell their compelling stories. Agents of Influence takes youÂ behind the scenes of the secret intelligence war which helpedÂ bring the IRA's armed struggle to an end.
Historian Aaron Edwards, the critically acclaimed author of UVF: Behind the Mask, explains how the IRA was penetrated by BritishÂ agents, with explosive new revelations about the hidden agendas ofÂ prominent republicans like Martin McGuinness and Freddie ScappaticciÂ and lesser-known ones like Joe Haughey and John Joe Magee. BringingÂ to light recently declassified TOP SECRET documents and the firsthandÂ testimonies of agents and their handlers, Edwards reveals howÂ British Intelligence gained extraordinary access to the IRA's inner circleÂ and manipulated them into engaging with the peace process.Â
With new insights into the spy masters behind the scenes, their strategies and tactics, and Britain's international intelligence networkÂ in Northern Ireland, Europe, and beyond, Agents of Influence offers aÂ rare and shocking glimpse into the clandestine world of secret agents,Â British intelligence strategy and the betrayal at the heart of militantÂ Irish republicanism during the vicious decades of the Troubles.