Mark Kennedy (police officer)
Mark Kennedy (born 7 July 1969, Camberwell, South London) (also known as Mark Stone and Flash) is a former London Metropolitan Police officer who, whilst attached to the police service's National Public Order Intelligence Unit, (NPOIU) infiltrated many protest groups between 2003 and 2010 before he was unmasked by political activists as an undercover policeman.
Ratcliffe Power Station trial
The case against six activists accused of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station collapsed following the revelation of Kennedy's activities as an undercover policeman.
Danny Chivers, who was one of the six successful defendants in the case, said Kennedy was not just an observer, but an agent provocateur. "We're not talking about someone sitting at the back of the meeting taking notes - he was in the thick of it."
Kennedy apologises to activists he and the Crown Prosecution Service set-up
In a taped conversation obtained by BBC Newsnight and broadcast on 10 January 2011 but made some weeks earlier, Kennedy told an activist he was "sorry" and "wanted to make amends". Kennedy admitted he had been a serving police officer at the time of the Ratcliffe arrests, but said he was not one now. He also told the activist "I hate myself so much I betrayed so many people...I owe it to a lot of good people to do something right for a change... I'm really sorry."
Background to Kennedy's actual life
According to the Guardian, Kennedy was born in Camberwell, South London on 7 July 1969, joined the Met police around 1994 and served with them till March 2010. In February 2010, while still serving as a Police Officer, he set up Tokra Ltd, a private company at the same address as a security firm which works for the energy company E.ON, the owners of Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station. Later in 2010 he set up Black Star High Access Ltd, based in east London.
On 15 January 2011 Kennedy told The Mail on Sunday that he was not a rogue police officer, and was in daily contact with his bosses: "My superiors knew where I was at all times – my BlackBerry was fitted with a tracking device – and they sanctioned every move I made. I didn’t sneeze without them knowing about it. I feel I’ve been hung out to dry." He also claimed that the police withheld from the defence covert recordings which would have shown that the defendants were not guilty. On the first day of the trial, Prosecuting Barrister Felicity Gerry, invited the Judge John Milmo to return a not guilty plea.
Mark Kennedy's work as an international spy and corporate spy
German MP Andrej Hunko raised questions in the German Bundestag concerning what the German authorities knew about Kennedy's activities amongst the Berlin protest movement. Kennedy had been arrested in Berlin for attempted arson, but was never brought to trial. Hunko also asked: "How does the federal government justify the fact that [Mark Kennedy], as part of his operation in Germany, did not only initiate long-term meaningful friendships but also sexual relationships, clearly under false pretenses?". The Bundesregierung refused to answer any questions concerning PC Kennedy for operational reasons.
In a Channel 4 interview broadcast on 14 November 2011, Kennedy stated that, in the guise of an environmental activist, he was used by the police forces of 22 countries and that he was responsible for the closing down of the Youth House community centre in Copenhagen. He also stated that he was hired by German police between 2004 and 2009 and allegedly committed two crimes on their behalf, one of which was arson.
According to the Guardian he sued the police for ruining his life and failing to "protect" him from falling in love with one of the environmental activists whose movement he infiltrated. Members of that movement, meanwhile, are suing the police because Mark Kennedy had abusive intimate relationships with them.
Kennedy was also reportedly in contact with Global Open, a private security firm that specialises in assessing the threat to corporations from activists. Global Open is run by the former Special Branch officer Rod Leeming, whose career trajectory has, like Kennedy’s, taken him from police to corporate spying. Undercover work among political groups gives agents the necessary skills, as well as the contacts, for a career in the private sector spying on them.
Kennedy is one of several now-exposed undercover police profiled in the book published July 2013 entitled Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police.
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- Evans, Rob; Lewis, Paul (10 January 2011). "Undercover officer spied on green activists". The Guardian. Main section, p. 1.
- Lewis, Paul (11 January 2011). "Undercover officer knew of second spy". The Guardian.
- Jones, Meirion (10 January 2011). "Trial collapses after undercover officer switches sides". BBC News.
- "Undercover PC Mark Kennedy 'really sorry for betrayal'". BBC News. 11 January 2011.
- Graham, Caroline (16 January 2011). "'I'm the victim of smears': Undercover policeman denies bedding a string of women during his eight years with eco-warriors". The Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
- "Trial of green activists collapses after undercover policeman 'switches sides'". Daily Mail. 10 January 2011.
- Pidd, Helen; Lewis, Paul (11 January 2011). "Fallout reaches Bundestag as MP asks about 'trespass' in Berlin activists' lives". The Guardian.
- Evans, Rob; Lewis, Paul (13 November 2011). "Undercover policeman admits spying on Danish activists". The Guardian.
- Hill, Armelia (25 November 2012). "Spy Mark Kennedy sues Police". The Guardian.
- Money, Duncan (7 February 2013). "Letters: What Spies Do Next". London Review of Books 35 (3).
- A chronology of Mark Kennedy's political activities from 2003 - 2010 at Powerbase Encyclopedia