30 January 2006

Anonymous briefings aimed at undermining peace process efforts

Sinn Féin

Published: 30 January, 2006

Commenting after anonymous sources briefed sections of the media on the alleged contents of the forthcoming IMC Report, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said that this was "the latest of many political briefings we have had over the last few months all designed to undermine attempts to get the political institutions back up and running".

Mr McGuinness said:

"Even before the publication of the IMC report you have another anonymous 'senior source' echoing the disputed comments from political detective Sam Kinkaid last week. Comments which were contradicted by British and Irish governments.

"The fact is the IMC is not an independent body with its own investigative powers.

"The fact is that the securocrats who were out briefing the media last night are the same people on whose word the IMC bases it reports - MI5 and PSNI Special Branch (C3). It is a completely farcical situation.

"This is only one of many political briefings we have had over the last few months all designed to undermine attempts to get the political institutions back up and running. The governments have stated their determination to move ahead. They shouldn't allow intelligence agencies with a vested interest, either inside or outside of the IMC, to derail that work." ENDS

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