Feeds

MI5 spy wife was Formula One chief's Teutonic thrash tart

Mosley suspects spook spank stitch-up

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The case of Formula One boss Max Mosley and his uniformed prostitute flagellation orgy took a new twist over the weekend, as it emerged that one of the ladies of negotiable affection involved was married to an MI5 operative.

The Sunday Times reports that the Security Service (MI5) officer in question was forced to resign last month, for failing to disclose the nature of his wife's work during vetting procedures. The man, said to be in his 40s, was a former Royal Marine who had worked in surveillance while in the forces.

Mr Mosley apparently sees the revelation as evidence that he was targeted by the Security Service in a "sting" operation. He has retained Quest, the "corporate intelligence and risk mitigation" firm run by former Met police commissioner Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, to investigate on his behalf.

Intelligence sources strenuously denied that there had been any effort on their part to target Mosley.

“Mr Mosley did not and does not pose a threat to national security," one source told the Sunday Times.

"When MI5 has 2,000 terrorists to worry about, why on Earth would the Security Service be involved with the head of Formula 1? It's preposterous,” fumed the unnamed spook.

This contrasts sharply with the attitude taken to Mr Mosley's father, Sir Oswald Mosley, who spent World War II in custody owing to his fascist politics and outspoken support for the Nazis.

As for the unnamed former Marine linking MI5 to the costume thrash'n'tickle session into which Mr Mosley seems to suggest he was unwillingly lured, he would appear likely to have done one or more tours of so-called "special duties" in the forces.

This means service with the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) or - more likely - its predecessor organisation, which was known under various names including 14 Intelligence Company or "the Det(s)". Fourteen Int was originally formed in the 1970s to carry out undercover surveillance in dangerous areas of Northern Ireland, though the modern-day SRR operates worldwide. It recruits from across the armed forces, like the SAS, though the training and selection procedures are somewhat different. (For instance, 14 Int and now SRR accept women, unlike the direct-action parts of the special forces.)

The forces' policy of having many SRR operators return to the regular forces after a relatively short tour means that former servicemen with surveillance experience are quite common. MI5/SS is known to have drawn on this pool of potential recruits during the past few years as it seeks to hugely expand its domestic surveillance capability.

However, being a surveillance team member in the UK is seen as grunt work by the pukka university-graduate intelligence officers, the real spooks. It's certainly a lot easier and safer than it was in South Armagh before the ceasefire, or in Basra during the last few years. MI5 surveillance operatives thus don't carry an arsenal of concealed weapons like SRR members, and don't require their lavish training in close-quarter combat, offensive driving and so forth. In particular, the MI5 watchers aren't very well paid - they get a little more than a policeman, about as much as a fireman - and don't have any serious prospects of rising high in the organisation.

Which might explain a wife needing to earn some extra cash. Read all about it from the Sunday Times here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.