Monday, 12 December 2016 10:44

Asbestos, espionage and corporate spies

A leading corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos in a sophisticated and long-running espionage campaign, the high court in London has heard.

Two activists and a lawyer involved in campaign are claiming aggravated damages from K2 Intelligence Ltd.  Over a period of four years, the court was told, a spy working for K2 Intelligence Ltd masqueraded as a sympathetic documentary maker in order to gather a mass of sensitive material about the leading figures in the campaign, their methods, funding and future plans.

K2 was in turn passing the information to its client, an as yet unnamed corporation based outside the UK that has interests in the asbestos industry.

On Monday the court ordered K2 to identify its client, although the name of the spy – who was paid in excess of £460,000 in salary and expenses – remains a secret. In a witness statement to the court, the spy – currently anonymised as DNT, by order of the high court – said K2 had paid him £336,015 and he had received £130,430 in expenses.

A worldwide network of activists, lawyers and physicians who are campaigning for a complete ban on the export of chrysotile have accused the asbestos industry of running misinformation campaigns and bribing government officials, and say it harasses, vilifies and intimidates its critics.

In a case that may shed new light on the activities and methods of corporate intelligence firms, two activists and a lawyer who advised the anti-asbestos campaign are claiming aggravated damages from DNT, K2 and its London-based managing director, Matteo Bigazzi.

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