On Thursday Animal Rights Activists did a protest outside the Norwegian Embassy against the fur trade there. This was to support the campaign in Norway, where activists have just released an investigation into 50 fur farms.
During the protest a man was observed sitting in a car across the road taking photographs of the protest with a long lensed camera. Activist John Darroch wandered across the road to return the favour and get photographs of the spy.
The spy was seemingly willing to go to extreme lengths to prevent his photograph being taken. Firstly, he put his shirt over his head to cover his face, and then he took off in his car. Darroch followed him up the road to where he had to stop at the traffic lights, and again took some photographs. The spy, driving blindly with his shirt still over his head put his foot on the accelerator, and almost ran over three pedestrians who were using the crossing. He stopped just in time, but once the pedestrians were through, he took off again while the light was still red.
A uniformed police car that was parked and observing the protest then turned on its siren and took off after the spy. The police pulled the car up around the corner, spoke to the spy for a short period and then let him go.
Now this is where the story gets interesting. It’s not at all unusual for activists to be spied on by the various intelligence and counter-terrorism police units, and by private investigation firm Thompson & Clark. So following the protest, activists did a look up on the registration of the car and found that it would return no details, not even the model number and colour of the car.
Confused as to why the plates gave no details, activists then ran the plates of a few cars also known to belong to spies. They ran cars known to be used by Thompson & Clark, the various covert police groups, and even a uniformed police car. All came back with details.
As far as is possible, the police and private investigators have been ruled out as the spy. This leaves me with the only likely conclusion that the spy was from the SIS. I’m bewildered as to what possible threat the SIS consider anti-fur protesters to be, and it certainly shows that the SIS have not changed from the cold war days where they considered anyone with a left wing ideology to be a threat to the state.