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Tariq Ali spied on by at least 14 undercover officers, inquiry hears

Monitoring went on as recently as 2003 when leftwing writer opposed Iraq war, inquiry told

The leftwing journalist and intellectual Tariq Ali was spied on by at least 14 undercover police officers who went to extraordinary lengths to keep tabs on his political activities, a public inquiry has heard.

Previously secret reports disclosed how police spied on Ali as he helped promote political campaigns against the Vietnam war, violent racist assaults, fascism and other progressive causes. The surveillance occurred over several decades, and was taking place as recently as 2003, when Ali was campaigning against the Iraq war.

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