Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said the information contained in the de Silva report made "exceptionally difficult" reading for the Government. She said the report uncovered new, shocking information:
"I think this is genuinely an exceptionally difficult day for the British Government, because we are presented with the facts of state involvement, the involvement of paid state agents in a killing, which is utterly unacceptable, utterly devastating"
The family of Pat Finucane labelled today's review into his murder is a 'whitewash' despite 'shocking' levels of state collusion revealed.
A government-commissioned report found state agents were involved in the murder of Pat Finucane - but his widow dismissed it as a "sham".
The review into the death of a Catholic solicitor during the Troubles is expected to show state collusion with loyalist terrorists.