Peter Hain and dirty tricks
There's an intriguing story today about a fake set of emails apparently intended at smearing Peter Hain. It was reported initially in the Western Mail, and there's some interesting further detail from Guido Fawkes, who says he was passed the emails and spotted the forgery.
Of course it's not the first time that Hain has been said to be the intended victim of alleged dirty tricks.
So who's this?
The answer is that, whoever it is, it's not Peter Hain. It's a Police photofit picture of a man who allegedly robbed a branch of Barclays Bank in Putney, south-west London, in 1975, at a time when Hain was a noted activist campaigning against the South African apartheid system. Hain was prosecuted for the robbery but acquitted after various anomalies in the Police case became clear.
It was later claimed (in his book 'Inside BOSS') by the former South African agent Gordon Winter that the South African security service BOSS had arranged for the bank to be robbed by a double of Hain in order to get him framed for the theft.
This picture was released to the BBC by the Crown Prosecution Service in response to a freedom of information request for material about the case.