Accidental Spy: Top lawyer's fears about book on IRA infiltrator
A new book about David Rupert, an agent working inside the Continuity IRA for the FBI and MI5, has attracted the attention of the UK Government Solicitor.
The Accidental Spy by Sean O'Driscoll is published this week by Mirror Books.
It tells the story of how Rupert - a 21 stone former wrestler from Florida, who managed a trucking company in upstate New York, and who had no Irish connections - became involved in infiltrating the Continuity IRA and, later, the Real IRA.
In a letter seen by the Belfast Telegraph, the UK's Government Solicitor has written to the publishers, Mirror Books, expressing concern that the book may contain "sensitive information" about the activities of David Rupert which remain "strictly confidential."
The letter asks for a copy of the book to be supplied urgently "so that the Department can take instruction as to the extent any disclosures may put the personal safety of others at risk, or otherwise be damaging to national security."