By Simon Tomlin
Journalist Simon Tomlin meets the perception staff of the Sunday occasions in London to strike a deal to reveal the covert actions of political teams. Britain is within the grip of socio-political upheaval and forces at the correct and Left intend to use the offended public temper. Simon steps into the fold on his first significant task for a countrywide newspaper. The ensuing function within the Sunday occasions on 21 April 2002 will swap his existence endlessly. The perception group was once ultimately disbanded in 2006, uncovered as dealing within the ''dark arts'' and criminal activity. His exposé will take him into the shadows to stroll with murderers, gangsters, drug-dealers, radicals, battle criminals and information of the realm cell hackers. finally, he'll be 'exposed' as an alleged MI5 agent and his existence could be in severe possibility. What he doesn't realize till it truly is too overdue, is that newshounds and their buddies in HM govt betrayed him from the outset. Will he be triumphant to transparent his identify in the middle of the devastating Hackgate scandal?
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I had already rejected Channel 5 News and now I was being ambushed by the BBC. I wondered in that moment exactly what Hamzic had said to Griffin to ‘sex up’ the story and get the ‘best’ possible reaction from the BNP boys. It was demeaning to have to talk to this BBC researcher out of the blue. I asked what she wanted and she said would I like to do an appearance on Newsnight to discuss the threat posed by the BNP. I said I was not interested in doing TV work because then everyone in the country would know what I looked like, the sound ~ 23 ~ Counter Spy Simon Tomlin of my voice, and could record the programme if they wanted to.
We’ve spent much of the last few days since I arrived touring the environs of Johannesburg. But Susie advises me to keep out of Johannesburg city centre because it’s “full of thieves” so we do. It’s a sunny Sunday in July 2002 and though it’s mid-winter in South Africa, it’s warm, bright and refreshing. Sadly, I’ve not seen much evidence of the harmonious ~ 43 ~ Counter Spy Simon Tomlin Rainbow Nation and race relations in Joburg are through gritted teeth to say the least. Sat in Café Juice in Cresta yesterday a South African woman asked me what I thought of the country?
I shuffle along the Boeing 747 with my heavy hand luggage and by a strange coincidence I'm on flight 89 - the same year this all began for me in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. It's hard to leave my friends and family behind but that was always the price of this exposé. The captain informs us that we're ready for takeoff. I fasten my seatbelt and steady my heart. I'm not scared of flying, I'm just thinking of my elderly mother who I may never see again in this life. The tears begin to flow, so I turn my head and look out of the small porthole - I feel embarrassed.