Whistleblower Wallace Suing MOD

This comes from last fortnight’s Private Eye, for 29th October to 11th November 2021. Colin Wallace, the former intelligence officer who was prosecuted and falsely convicted of manslaughter for revealing the secrets of Britain’s dirty war in Northern Ireland, is suing the Ministry of Defence. The article, titled ‘Britain’s Dirty War: The Wallace Connection’ runs

Former army intelligence officer turned whistleblower Colin Wallace (Eyes long passim) is suing the Ministry of Defence in a case that threatens to reopen the ugly wounds of Britain’s “dirty war” in Northern Ireland.

Wallace, who worked for British army “psychological operations” – a covert propaganda unit that worked closely with MI5 to target loyalist and republican paramilitaries – is accusing the MoD of “negligence, misfeasance in public office and deceit”. Wallace, now 79, was driven out of the army in 1975 after refusing to engage in Clockwork Orange a now well=documented smear campaign to bring down the Harold Wilson government. He was also threatening to expose the systematic abuse of children in east Belfast’s Kincora boys’ home.

Wallace had briefed intelligence chiefs about Kincora in 1974, long before arrests and the home’s closure in 1980, but maintains that MI5 spooks and military intelligence allowed the abuse to continue so that the main perpetrator, school housemaster William McGrath, could provide information on hardline loyalists.

The troublesome Wallace then himself became a victim of disinformation and was disciplined for leaking a restricted document to a journalist – the very job he was paid to do. The write served on the MoD last month alleges the disciplinary proceedings were a “sham” and “so unfair as to account to a misuse of public powers”. It says Wallace was, on occasion, directed by the MoD to leak secret documents and the disciplinary panel was seriously misled.

In 1990, prime minister Margaret Thatcher was forced to admit that her government had deceived parliament and the public about Wallace’s role, and an inqui8ry by David Calcutt QC concluded that MI5 had interfered in the disciplinary proceedings. As a result, Wallace was awarded £30,000 compensation.

But that wasn’t all. In 1980 Wallace was convicted of the manslaughter of a friend, spending six years in jail protesting his innocence. His conviction was quashed in the appeal court after new forensic evidence completely undermined the case against him. In his 1989 book Who Framed Colin Wallace?, the Eye’s late Paul Foots suggested Wallace may have been set up to further discredit his damaging allegations.

So why is Wallace suing now? Because, he tells the Eye, evidence is still being covered up. There have been three inquiries into Kincora, but all failed to investigate or interview key key witnesses from the intelligence services. Christopher Stanley of KRW Law,, which represents Wallace, said that despite evidence emerging over the years endorsing Wallace’s claims, the MoD had persisted in denying his true role. “We know the MoD is sitting on more material, which we hope to obtain through disclosure,” he said.

Wallace is seeking damages for financial loss and psychological injury, and a breach of duty to an employee between 1972 and 1975. He is acutely aware that those who could give evidence are as old as he is and that time is running out. “The truth should have come out when Paul Foot wrote his book,” he said. “But it is not too late.”

An MoD spokesperson said: “Proceedings were recently served on us regarding allegations dating back to 1968 which we intend to defend robustly.” It could not comment further as legal proceedings are underway.”

The parapolitics/ real conspiracies online magazine Lobster has been covering and defending Wallace and his allegations more or less since its foundation in the early 1980s. According to the magazine, there’s a new film out about Wallace available on the Net. It says

“A new film about that man Wallace

There is a new film about Colin Wallace, The Man Who Knew Too Much, made by Michael Oswald. It is on YouTube at <https: //youtu.be/z8FDPU-tDBU>. This is by some distance the best account of Wallace, and the events in which he was involved, since Paul Foot’s Who Framed Colin Wallace?. It includes all the significant photographs of Wallace from his period in Northern Ireland, plus a good deal of Wallace and Fred Holroyd speaking recently. Highly recommended.”

It also notes “The film’s Twitter handle is @Wallace_Film and its website is <https://colinwallacefilm.com/>&#8221;

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4 Responses to “Whistleblower Wallace Suing MOD”

  1. Brian Burden Says:

    “Dirty war” sums it up. Apart from the abuses you mention, there were drive-by shootings of innocent pedestrians by Army Intelligence and the senseless massacre of the Miami Showband by paramilitaries led by Captain Robt Nairac of Army Intelligence,
    and the torture and murder of farmers near the border suspected of aiding the IRA, culminating in the arrest a few miles into the Republic of a group of SAS men armed with rather nasty informal weapons. When the Army went into N Ireland with a mandate to protect the catholics from prot hooligans, they were welcomed. Was there a change of policy after the election of Heath’s government, or did the Army always have its own hidden agenda?

    • beastrabban Says:

      Good question, Brian. I didn’t know Nairac was behind the murder of the Miami Showband. He was mentioned on the local news here in the Bristol area a few years ago. He was killed trying to infiltrate the IRA, and his family were trying to find out where he was buried. No mentioned of this, of course. I hadn’t heard about the drive-by shootings of innocent pedestrians, though it really doesn’t surprise. The army was so out of control that even some Tories were opposing them, or at least some of their tactics.

      • Brian Burden Says:

        According to the sole survivor, the men who herded the Showband members out of their bus and then shot them all were protestant paramilitaries but the man giving the orders spoke in “clipped English tones”. Speculation that it was Nairac appeared in the Irish press, along with the rumour that his remains were disposed of at a corned beef canning plant.

      • beastrabban Says:

        Thanks for that, Brian. The corned beef bit sounds very grisly – very Sweeney Todd!

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