Last month, an investigation by the New Yorker magazine alleged that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein used private detectives from two different firms to spy on women he had allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted.
The New Yorker claimed that a private spy posed as a women’s rights advocate to get actor Rose McGowan to talk and secretly recorded the meetings. McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape although Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all claims of non-consensual sex.
In Britain these sorts of methods have come to be associated with the Metropolitan Police and their undercover police officers. Officers in the Special Demonstration Squad and its successors pretended to be animal rights activists and anti-capitalist demonstrators to infiltrate activist organisations such as Greenpeace.
The revelations that some of them had long relationships and even children with protestors while living under assumed identities led to the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing, which is ongoing.
However, the latest Guardian investigation reports some police now saying that there are far more questions to be asked about the activities of private sector undercover operatives, scamming emails, recording conversations, accessing correspondence, and our PBROTRIB associate has discovered one such 'operative' with a series of 'pop-up' legal fronts, questionable (i.e. we haven't been able to verify them - so far) qualifications, fanciful work record - when viewed against the firms reported four figure annual revenue turnover, and an eyewatering string of short term struck off 'cash light' (ie minimal four figure turnover) companies, and has allegedly been working our region and overseas!
More as we get it, but the Guardian Investigation link is here.
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