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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 August, 2003, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Man 'shocked' at agent claims
Sean Mag Uidhir
Sean Mag Uidhir is outraged by the allegations

A man named in a Sunday newspaper as an alleged double agent has said he is shocked and outraged by the allegations made against him.

The article says that a spy website has claimed the former republican prisoner has allegedly been passing on republican paramilitary secrets to British intelligence.

The information was said to have come from the former agent known as Kevin Fulton.

The man named on Sunday was Sean Mag Uidhir, the editor of the North Belfast News.

He said the allegation was untrue and his life and that of his family had now been put in danger.

The whole thing is rubbish
Sean Mag Uidhir

"I was very, very shocked and also very, very angry. The allegations are totally unfounded, they're untrue," he told the BBC on Sunday.

"I am angry that it has placed myself and my family at some sort of risk. All I can do is continue to refute them and I have enough honesty and integrity, that I will be believed.

"The whole thing is rubbish and from my point of view, all I can do, with my standing in the community, is just simply tell the truth."

In May, a man alleged to have been an Army agent in the IRA was named in the media.

West Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci has strenuously denied accusations of being the informer, codenamed Stakeknife.

Mr Scappaticci, 59, is alleged to have been a senior figure in the IRA in Belfast for several decades.

He said he was not guilty of any of the allegations and said he was no longer an active member of the republican movement.

Mr Scappaticci has now won the right to try to force the government to clear his name.

In June, he was given leave in the High Court in Belfast for a judicial review of Security Minister Jane Kennedy's refusal to confirm that he was not a British Agent.

Sean Mag Uidhir
"I was very, very shocked and also very, very angry"

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