Confessions of an MI5 agent: ‘Isil were planning to behead me – the butcher’s knives were ready’

291016sdmhow01-large_translyyc89avprtefcsknz-prxeslomcpogdh2oi71d23-eTom Marcus* joined MI5 in his twenties and went on to work in surveillance. Here he talks about his most dangerous mission

I’d been in MI5 for a few years when I found myself on the most dangerous mission of my career. I was sent to follow a potential Islamist terrorist in Camden Market, north London, as part of a surveillance operation. He started on foot, then got into a car.

We had planted an eavesdropping device in it, which should have been live-monitored back at Thames House, MI5 headquarters, but there was an incident going on elsewhere and resources had been diverted.

What we didn’t realise was that the target had guessed he was being followed. He and his friends had planned a snatch – to kidnap an MI5 agent.

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SOURCE: News Now/Telegraph

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.