Pressure group Fathers4Justice has confirmed allegations due to be made in tonight's ITV Tonight programme that plans were discussed to shut down TV transmitters on the eve of last year's General Election.
But the group claimed that the plans were discounted long ago and were part of a tactic to expose an infiltrator.
Fathers4Justice founder Matt O'Connor told vnunet.com that the group had been denied preview tapes of tonight's programme and any right of reply, but confirmed that the plans filmed by undercover reporter Mike Hardy were discussed.
The film apparently shows members discussing ways to shut down television transmitters by pouring acid over wiring. One member is alleged to have reconnoitred a transmitter to check the feasibility of such a plan.
Had they gone ahead, the attacks would have been on election night last year in an effort to disrupt television communications for maximum effect.
Fathers4Justice aims to highlight the plight of fathers who are excluded from visiting their children after divorce.
"A lot of what we do is disinformation to catch out undercover police and reporters within the organisation," said O'Connor.
"We confirmed in October that the plans, which are non-violent, were discussed but we decided against it."
O'Connor pointed to a similar disinformation campaign about a plan to dump two tons of jam on the M25.
"That cost the Metropolitan Police a lot in extra patrols on the day," he said. "Our aim is to cost the government as much money as possible."
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