Margaret White (alias)

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Alias: Margaret White
Deployment: 1968
Vietnam Solidarity Campaign

Margaret White is the cover name used by a former undercover officer with the Special Demonstration Squad who was deployed for several months in 1968 into the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign.

For the purposes of the Undercover Policing Inquiry and Operation Herne, she is also referred to by the cipher HN334 (for the N cipher system see N officers). The Inquiry has ruled that the officer's real name will be restricted.[1]

As an SDS officer

Mitting wrote of her: No allegation of misconduct against her. She served with Special Operations Squad 1968-72. In 1968 she was deployed for several months against the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign as the girlfriend of another SDS undercover officer, Don de Freitas (HN330). Thereafter, according to her own recollection, she performed back office duties only.'[2]

In the Undercover Policing Inquiry

  • 1 August 2017: Metropolitan Police make application to restrict her real name.[3]
  • November 2017: Mitting stated was minded-to: restrict real name. He noted she wished to 'preserve her privacy and that of her family', and it was unlikely that surviving members of the groups she targeted would recall her.[2]
  • 6 March 2018: cover name and target group released.[4]
  • 15 May 2018: the Inquiry ruled that real name will be restricted.[5][6]