Rimington has defended MI5's surveillance of left-wing groups.
- Well all I can say is that Communist and Trotskyist organisations, by their philosophy, their published aims, would have fallen within the definition of subversion.
Director K Branch
According to Rimington, she was asked by Patrick Walker to take over the post during a CAZAB meeting in Australia which coincided with the Gibraltar shootings, which occurred on the afternoon of 6 March 1988.
Deputy Director General
- Stella Rimington, then the Director General of the Security Service (MI5), was vehemently opposed to the idea of the SIS, which was normally confined to operations overseas, treading on their turf in this way, but the Security Service's Director and Co-ordinator of Intelligence in Northern Ireland, who had worked closely with Oatley on Arab terrorism, supported the initiative. Still, MI5 insisted that the operation had to be mounted by one of their staff and found for the role a retired senior SIS officer who had recently been re-employed by the Security Service.
The DCI who had worked with Oatley was probably John Deverell, as reported by Stephen Dorril:
- Although when the retiring Oatley passed on the mantle to an MI5 officer, he had the support of the MI5 Co-ordinator of Intelligence in Northern Ireland, John Deverell, the process faced near-collapse following the death of Deverell in a helicopter crash. MI5 Director-General Stella Rimington was a hardliner who briefed Prime Minister John Major that McGuinness and Adams were IRA members and could not be trusted. Privately, senior MI6 officers accused their MI5 counterparts of being 'a bunch of idiots' whose efforts had sabotaged the process.
- David Rose, Secrets of success, The Observer, 9 September 2001.
- Tom Griffin, The propaganda campaign against Pat Finucane: What did Stella Rimington know?, Spinwatch, 21 December 2012.
- Emily Davies, 'The enemy is everywhere': Former MI5 head calls for people to spy on their neighbours following murder of soldier Lee Rigby, MailOnline, 28 May 2013.
- Former Directors General, MI5, accessed 30 June 2009.
- True Spies 1. Subversive My Arse, BBC News, accessed 10 April 2008.
- Liam Clarke and Nick Fielding, BETRAYAL: HOW MI5 LOST THATCHER'S MOLE, The Sunday Times, 21 May 2000.
- Stella Rimington, Open Secret, Arrow Books, 2002, p.159.
- Stella Rimington, Open Secret, Arrow Books, 2002, p.181.
- Stella Rimington, Open Secret, Arrow Books, 2002, p.185.
- Christopher Andrew, Defence of the Realm, The Authorized History of MI5, Allen Lane, 2009, p.772.
- Stella Rimington, Open Secret, Arrow Books, 2002, p.210.
- Stella Rimington, Open Secret, Arrow Books, 2002, p.222.
- Jonathan Powell, Great Hatred Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland, The Bodley Head, 2008, p.71.
- Stephen Dorril, MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Fourth Estate Limited, 2000, p.741.