K2 Intelligence admits hiring infiltrator to pass information to asbestos industry clients
'A private security firm has been forced to pay damages to five anti-asbestos campaigners after they discovered it had spied on them.
The firm, K2 Intelligence, paid an infiltrator for four years to masquerade as a sympathetic documentary-maker to obtain confidential information about leading activists in the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos.
K2 Intelligence, which made no admission of wrongdoing, agreed to make the payments after the five campaigners took legal action in the high court against it, Matteo Bigazzi, K2’s executive managing director in London, and the hired infiltrator, Robert Moore.
The size of the damages was not disclosed, but was described as substantial by the campaigners’ lawyers.
The high court in London had heard that K2 passed the information to clients in the asbestos industry. The court was told that the aim of the espionage was to gather information about the campaigners, their methods, funding and future plans.
The illnesses resulting from asbestos have led it to be banned in a large number of countries including the UK, but its use is still permitted in many others.
A worldwide network of campaigners, lawyers and doctors has been campaigning for a complete ban on the export and import of asbestos.'
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