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False allegations about SDLP leader’s private life were ‘inexplicable’ because he was well-known as a moderate, says Colin Wallace

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Spurious stories: A secret memo sent to top civil servants made untrue claims about the SDLP leader’s private life

Spurious stories: A secret memo sent to top civil servants made untrue claims about the SDLP leader’s private life

Former Army intelligence officer Colin Wallace

Former Army intelligence officer Colin Wallace

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Spurious stories: A secret memo sent to top civil servants made untrue claims about the SDLP leader’s private life

A secret memo presented to top Downing Street civil servants during the 1990s containing false and hurtful allegations about John Hume was “inexplicable”, an ex-Army intelligence officer has said.

Colin Wallace, a psychological warfare expert, said the previously classified document made public this week as part of a release of state papers is one of a series of attempts to discredit the late SDLP politician over the decades.

The memo, published online by Village Magazine, reveals how “possible press stories regarding Mr Hume’s private life” attracted the attention of Prime Minister John Major’s officials.


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