MI5 stopped Scotland Yard taking Anjem Choudary down, sources claim

The security services repeatedly prevented Scotland Yard from pursuing criminal investigations against hate preacher Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.

Met counter-terror officers often felt they enough evidence to build a case against the radicalising cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5, because he was crucial to one of their on-going investigations, a source has claimed.

He did seem to have a long leash, my suspicion remains that he was working for the security services.

  • xavier

    Ok why would this scumbag work for the spies? Was he compromised? Turned or bought off?
    What benefits did the spies get from this relationship?

    • The Brits have had a long string of successes busting up plots before they could be carried out, my guess is that Choudary warned them of attacks that were going to take place on British soil and that the security services were happy to let the Muslims go to Syria and be out of their hair.

      Why Choudary would cooperate, if he did, I can’t know, but wait till his sentencing, see how long he gets – 10 years is the max under law that he faces, watch how long before he is released, maybe he was compromised – but by the jihadis who suspected a rat.

      • xavier

        OK that’s cogent. Also it’ll be interesting where’s he’ll go to prision. As you say let wait for the setencing

      • Cat-astrophe

        Interesting. Probably the same thing with Hillary. She is really deep, deep under cover…

    • whatever

      Intimate knowledge of Blofeld’s secret lair under Cornwall.

  • simus1

    Dumpsterstan wrote the book on being a crooked impenetrable triple agent at all times when dealing with outsiders and insiders for that matter. Whether the risk of playing with such fire in dealing with more and more muslim regimes and cults following their lead makes sense or not probably tipped the balance.

  • Jim Horne

    Britain has the distinct honour of being duped at the highest levels of its security and intelligence agencies.

    I’m old enough to remember the concerns that were expressed in the newspapers in the early sixties when it became public knowledge that the security and intelligence apparatus in Britain had been so completely compromised by Kim Philby.

    Kim Philby

    Anybody remember the John Le Carré novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” that was made into a 7-part mini-series starring Alec Guinness?

    To suggest that the MI5 used Anjem Choudrary successfully is credulous at best.

  • trespasserswill

    “…my suspicion remains that he was working for the security services.”
    Or people in the security services were, and are, working for him.

    • Frances

      Sure he was working for them – as a double agent.

  • Dana Garcia

    Hmm, this sounds somewhat like the Whitey Bulger case. He was a Boston gangster who murdered something like 19 people but was nevertheless protected by the FBI because he was an informant — supposedly. Very dirty business.