Pat Finucane was offered to the UDA as an alternative to their first choice of target. They were more keen to kill Gerry Adams, but the security services directed them away from him, with someone pointing out Finucane as a higher-value target.
This is not a shock expose I am offering; it is information available from the de Silva report into the killing of Pat Finucane.
One of the unfortunate side-effects of the continuing deadlock over the demand for a public inquiry into Finucane's murder is that what has already come to light is undervalued.
David Cameron, as Prime Minister, in refusing a public inquiry, went some way to clarifying the horror of what had happened by inviting Sir Desmond de Silva QC to examine intelligence on the killing and to report on its contents.
What de Silva delivered is a shocking account of the collusion with paramilitaries by both the Army and RUC Special Branch (SB).
Geraldine Finucane, who was herself wounded in the attack that killed her husband, described the report as a whitewash.
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