Updated: May 21
The British government has blocked the BBC from releasing the identity of an MI5 agent who they say attacked his girlfriend with a machete and threatened to kill her. Is this another sign of a corrupt British justice system?
The BBC has filed a report claiming that an MI5 spy used his status to wage a long-running campaign of "terror" against his girlfriend that resulted in him threatening to kill her.
The BBC first reported on this story after the broadcaster was taken to court by the British government in an attempt to block the publication of the identity of the agent in question.
The BBC argued with the court that women had a right to know the identity of this man as it would help to protect future potential victims from him.
However, somewhat not surprisingly with the questionable British justice system they have not allowed the foreign national MI5 agent to be named, despite heavy evidence showing he is a threat to women.
An injunction is in place to prevent the disclosure of information that is likely to lead to the man, only referred to as "X" being identified. The man in question is said to be a covert human intelligence source, AKA Chis.
On Wednesday the BBC said that a High Court ruling has allowed them to make the details known about the informant's alleged abuse of two different women.
The British news company has stated that evidence shows that the MI5 agent is a violent "right-wing extremist" who hoarded Nazi paraphernalia and frequently terrorised his partner.
It is said that the couple lived together in the UK after meeting on a dating website. Over time the agent became coercive, abusive, and even sexually assaulted the woman, according to the BBC.
X is believed to have collected weapons and made his partner watch terrorist videos of murders and executions.
According to the BBC, X assaulted the victim with a machete and threatened to kill her, before moving abroad to continue intelligence work.
It is claimed that the alleged incident was caught on camera but the BBC said there were "serious issues" in the response from police, including a failure to take a full statement from the woman or obtain the video.
The BBC also added that X was arrested and charged over the attack but the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case once it reached court.
The female victim was quoted as saying: "There was so much psychological terror from him to me, that ultimately culminated in me having a breakdown, because I was so afraid of everything - because of how he'd make me think, the people that he was involved with, and the people who he worked for."
Allegedly, authorities discovered extremist material including Nazi paraphernalia in the home of X before he left the country.
The BBC claim that they have found another woman in a different country who also suffered at the hands of agent X.
The broadcaster argued that the story is "firmly in the public interest", saying that women have a right to know the man's identity and added that releasing it could potentially protect future victims from harm.
Attorney General Suella Braverman sought an injunction to stop a planned broadcast by the BBC which intended on identifying the man.
Ms Braverman argued that it would damage national security and cause "a real and immediate risk of serious or life-threatening harm" to the man.
The judge ruled that the BBC can still show the programme but must not release the identity of X.
After the publication of the ruling on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the BBC said: "This ruling enables us to tell a story we believe is firmly in the public interest, and it is a vindication of the BBC's investigative journalism."
A spokesperson for the British government said: "As a matter of long-standing policy we will not comment on security or intelligence.
"As the judge in this case says, the interim injunction, which the government was granted in April, is aimed at protecting national security and avoiding a real and immediate risk to life, safety, and privacy."