Lobster (magazine) - Controversy - Operation Clockwork Orange, Colin Wallace and Fred Holroyd

Operation Clockwork Orange, Colin Wallace and Fred Holroyd

Lobster published the first account of the Colin Wallace affair, also known as Operation Clockwork Orange, about the plot to destabilise the Harold Wilson Government. The Guardian newspaper recounts:

"The big break for Lobster came in 1985, though this is clear only with hindsight. Duncan Campbell, the investigative journalist, had been to see a certain Colin Wallace, then a disgraced army officer serving a 10-year prison sentence. He had been given an extraordinary story about dirty tricks in Northern Ireland. For various reasons, Campbell decided not to investigate further. Wallace's associate, Fred Holroyd, turned to Lobster. He asked Dorril to come and look at the Wallace papers."
" Dorril spent a week reading highly classified documents about what is now known as 'Operation Clockwork Orange' (the plot by disaffected members of MI5 to discredit, among others, Edward Heath and Harold Wilson). He called Ramsay. 'We couldn't believe it. We said to each other, 'This is Watergate. This is the biggest story since World War Two.' Lobster's issue 11 was devoted to the Colin Wallace story. They called a press conference and issued a press release. Several journalists turned up - but nothing happened. Then came Peter Wright and Spycatcher. From the other end of the political spectrum, Wright's story confirmed the Lobster account of what Wallace had alleged about the MI5 plots. The phone didn't stop ringing in Ramsay's house for six months."

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