Undercover police cleared ‘to have sex with activists’
Promiscuity ‘regularly used as tactic’, says former officer, contradicting claims from Acpo
Mark Townsend and Tony Thompson
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 22 January 2011 16.00 EST
Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of “promiscuity” with the blessing of senior commanders, according to a former agent who worked in a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police for four years.
The former undercover policeman claims that sexual relationships with activists were sanctioned for both men and women officers infiltrating anarchist, leftwing and environmental groups.
Sex was a tool to help officers blend in, the officer claimed, and was widely used as a technique to glean intelligence. His comments contradict claims last week from the Association of Chief Police Officers that operatives were absolutely forbidden to sleep with activists.