Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Dissidents' phony claims don't ring true

By Lindy McDowell

Published 16/02/2012

Losing a mobile phone ... we've all done it at some stage. There's that gut-gripping moment when you realise it's gone and you don't even know how long it's been gone and you're immediately imagining all sorts of bleak scenarios ranging from someone running up 12 hour conversations with contacts in Australia.

Or just someone sniggering at your personal photos. So pity (as I sincerely do) the young female cop in the headlines last week after she apparently lost her personal mobile phone some months back while on duty.

The handset has since made it's way into the hands of dissidents who are now gloating about how they've got it and the "operations information" they've gleaned from it. Have they really?

They may see the pictures they've released - seemingly fairly innocuous shots of officers on duty - as a major propaganda coup underlining their "intelligence" reach.

But most of the rest of us see it for the banal reality it is. A lost phone that's been passed on to them. It's hardly the stuff of a Mossad op.

Maybe the officer shouldn't have had the phone out with her. (I don't know the regulations).

But if she has infringed some rule let's keep her "crime" in perspective.

She just lost her mobile phone.

The dissidents? They've murdered people.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph