www.telegraph.co.uk 16th January 2011
Mark Kennedy, the former undercover Metropolitan policeman has spoken out about the “grey and murky” world of undercover policing. Mr Kennedy infiltrated a green protest group under the name “Mark Stone”. His involvement in the group has led to the collapse of the £1 million case against 6 activists who planned to break into Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire. For the first time, Mr Kennedy, who is now under police protection in the United States following the revealing of his true identity, divulged the slack rules undercover officers operated under, particularly when it came to sexual relations with those that they had infiltrated. Kennedy has admitted to relations with two members of the group he was working in and claimed he knows of a fellow officer who was with 6 different lovers at one time. Fellow activists of those involved in these relationships have questioned whether their colleagues really gave their consent as they didn’t know the true identity of the man they were with. Kennedy has also claimed that as many as 15 other officers infiltrated extreme environmentalist groups. He is now being represented by the publicist Max Clifford and says he has been “hung out to dry” by his former handlers.