Friday, July 12, 2019

Asa Winstanley - UK police spy who infiltrated Palestine solidarity

Police officers had infiltrated some pretty harmless leftist, animal rights, unions, and environmental groups in the UK, and some of them had intimate relationships with women. To become a spy, an officer had to be married so that if he started a relationship with a campaigner he would have a real wife and family to help stop him forming a bond with the woman he was spying on.

I remember years ago it was in the news how one police officer started to really like the animal rights activists woman he was having a relationship with, but also, he started to make friends with the animal rights activitivists and sympathise with their cause, which caused him to have a nervous breakdown where his cover got blown. It was said that his intensive training had failed.

Activists are trying to make it illegal that the police can ruin people's lives in this way. The police officers had had sexual affairs with the women involved, but they could not be prosecuted for sexual misconduct. Some women lost out on having children when they went into the menopause.


The UK government established the inquiry in 2015, after years of revelations about spy cops in the press.
To date, it has been revealed that more than 100 British undercover police spied on more than 1,000 political groups between 1968 and 2011.
Like “Harrison,” many undercover officers had long term relationships with female activists they spied on, even while maintaining their everyday lives and relationships as police officers.
Some of these women retell their harrowing stories in this video by campaign group Police Spies Out of Lives.

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Asa Winstanley - UK police spy who infiltrated Palestine solidarity

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