I never had any reason to hold that Ed Moloney did not know what he was on about, the few occasions we encountered each other in cyber space he was fine. I began to hear bad copy about him, I put it down to personal chemistry, one writer disliking another. However, recent white knighting by Ed Moloney makes me question where he is bad, or mad. Ian Hurst (Martin Ingram, an MI5 payee) is given no credence by any serious commentator, no matter what their ilk, who deals with Northern Ireland.
Computer hacker Hurst whinged when he was himself targetted. Hurst’s mendacity about his (minor) role in the intelligence war, his dubious (illegal) practices (selling information from the electoral list back to folks) and other links (how long has he known half Jamaican ex psychiatric patient Derek Haslam?) all focus an unhealthy light upon the Bolton buffoon. Hurst had nothing to do with Freddie “Stakeknife” Scappaticci, is not an expert on anything save “bigging himself up” and – as with Haslam – was thought unfit to take part in a follow up to Leveson. Has Moloney’s ill judgement now torpedoed his reputation?