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‘Spy for us or we’ll deport you,’ say British spooks

Issue No. 2300

British intelligence conspired with Libyan spooks to pressure asylum seekers to work as spies for both countries, leaked documents show.

MI5 supplied Colonel Gaddafi’s secret agents with intelligence, secure mobile phones and a safe house in Knightsbridge, London.

Documents reveal meetings between the British and Libyan secret services in Tripoli and London.

MI5 wanted the asylum seekers to inform on the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

In May 2004 an MI6 officer stationed in Libya, said of one target, “We can pressure him to work for us because he’s not a British citizen.”

The offer from the British spooks was simple enough: “Libyan operatives could ask him [the asylum seeker] about problems at home in Libya or in Britain.

“They offer to help in return for giving information we want about other targets.

“If he refuses, British police will arrest him and accuse him of associating with Libyan secret agents.

“He will be told that as a non-resident of Britain he could be deported if found guilty.”

In another joint operation in December 2003 a Libyan intelligence officer was flown to meetings at British hotels to discuss setting up a mosque to entrap people.

They hoped to gain “information on terrorist planning”.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj is suing former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw for authorising his rendition from Thailand to prolonged torture in Libya in 2004.

The latest documents show just how deep the links between MI5, MI6, Libyan and British ministers are.

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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
Issue No. 2300
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