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Police Spy Mark Kennedy and the Tarnac Affair.

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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy,  ‘Mark Stone’, British Police Spy.
The Guardian reports,

The former British police spy Mark Kennedy is being accused of making fake claims after leaked documents indicated he was the source behind claims that French activists were learning to make homemade bombs.

Ten French leftwing activists are under investigation over an alleged terror plot to overthrow the state in a case that has convulsed France and drawn criticism from human rights lawyers.

Leaked documents seen by the Guardian reveal how claims against some of the activists, including the suggestion they discussed and “practised” building improvised explosive devices (IED)s, came from the British police unit Kennedy worked for.

This was covered in great detail in Le Monde yesterday (print edition) – here.

L’espion anglais qui a piégé le groupe de Tarnac

Finalement, il y avait bien un homme qui vivait dans la “clandestinité” dans l’affaire de Tarnac. Mais il ne s’agissait pas d’un des jeunes gens interpellés le 11 novembre 2008 en Corrèze, à Rouen et à Paris, contrairement à ce que les rapports de police décrivaient. C’était Mark Kennedy. Son métier : policier britannique infiltré dans la mouvance altermondialiste 2003 and 2010.

The British spy who tricked the Tarnac Group. But it wasn’t  any of the young people arrested on in Corrèze, à Rouen et à Paris on the  11th of  November 2008 . – against the reports set out by the  Police . It was Mark Kennedy. His profession? He was a British police agent who infiltrated the ‘other-globalisation’ movement between 2003 and 2010.

Le Monde goes on to describe the key role Kennedy played in fabricating the dossier against the Tarnac group and Julien Coupat.  In the case against them, “il est partout, dès le début.” – he is everywhere, right from the start. Kennedy, they say,was responsible  for the way the French intelligence service, (at the time the DCRG) took an interest in the group. That is the claim that they were making explosive ‘engines’.

Yet his role did not figure in the court case that eventually took place.


Le Monde cites the lawyer, Me Bourdon, commenting on the ““extraordinaire déloyauté de la procédure” – the extreme bad faith of the legal process. That is, they failed to mention cheating Kennedy and his sordid behaviour.

The Tarnac affair, in which Coupat (fuller details in French here) is described in Wikipedia,

The TGV sabotage affair

In the night of 7–8 November 2008, Coupat and Lévy went for a car ride and played cat-and-mouse with police cars following them. Their trip included a 20-minute stop in Dhuisy  in the Seine-et-Marne department, by their account for a sex session in the vehicle. Their car was parked near a train line in one of the locations where iron hooks were left dangling from the overhead lines that night, paralysing the high-speed TGV network.

On November 11, gendarmes raided the Tarnac farm and arrested nine residents in connection with the sabotage. Four of the nine were released on November 15, under conditions. A further three were released on December 2, and the last but one, Lévy, in January 2009. Coupat remained in jail until May 28, 2009, when he was released under bail with instructions to remain in the Paris region and have no contacts with the other 8.

This site has supported the Tarnac 9 since the beginning.

Now we learn that agent provocateur Kennedy was involved in the injustice.

Who is Kennedy?

Wikipedia again,

Mark Kennedy (also known as Mark Stone and Flash) is a former Metropolitan Police officer who, whilst attached to the police service’s National Public Order Intelligence Unit, infiltrated many protest groups between 2003 and 2010 before he was unmasked by political activists as an undercover policeman

Kennedy’s role as a “mole” in the Tarnac Affair is also  exposed in, amongst other places, in Les Inrocks (November the 7th) “Mark Kennedy” la taupe de Tarnac.”

De 2003 à 2010, Stone/Kennedy a infiltré la gauche radicale anglaise et européenne. Il a vécu undercover chez les activistes écologistes, altermondialistes, anarchistes et antifascistes, partageant leurs repas, leurs fêtes, leurs manifs. Parfois leurs lits. Ils ont fini par découvrir sa trahison mais trop tard. Tout ce qu’ils faisaient et disaient depuis sept ans était déjà entre les mains de la police.

From 2003 to 2010 Stone/Kennedy infiltrated the radical left, in Britain and in Continental Europe. he lived undercover amongst ecologists, anti-globalisers, anarchists and anti-fascists. He shared their meals, their demonstrations, and sometimes their beds. The left found him out, but it was too late. Everything they had said and done was already in the hands of the police


In France Tarnac supporters demand that all the relevant documents relating to Kennedy’s  involvement in their case  be made officially public by the Minister of Interior, Manuel Valls.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

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