Lawyers for bereaved families told the UK spy cops inquiry it was a 'mystery' why police began assuming the identities of dead children, but it could have been because they'd seen ‘Day of the Jackal.’
Politicians and campaigners say that the remarks confirm the long-held suspicion that police spying was sanctioned by the top levels of government.
John Dines is just the latest to be traced in a long-running campaign to out more than 100 undercover police who spied on UK activist groups over a period of more than four decades from 1968.
Seven women have just received payouts from the UK Metropolitan Police after learning their ex-boyfriends were undercover policemen, but one warns VICE News that many former activists may still not know.
The UK Has Launched Its First Public Inquiry Into Undercover Policing, and the Findings Could be Explosive
Those spied on include Labour MPs, anti-racism groups, trade unionists, and the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. The inquiry will investigate undercover policing from 1968 until the present day.
'We’re Going Up Against the State Here': The UK's Victims of Deep Undercover Policing Tell of Their Trauma
The UK government has announced the details of a new inquiry into undercover policing. VICE News spoke to some of the activists still haunted by the fact that so many of their friends turned out to be spies.