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Sale of British Bug attempt to shine light on activities of Securorats

24 May, 2005


Speaking today in Belfast Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin said that the decision to sell part of the British bugging device uncovered last year in Connolly House on the internet was part of a serious attempt to shine a light on the ongoing activities of British security agencies in Ireland. The link to the sale is available from the Sinn Féin Boookshop www.sinnfeinbookshop.com

Mr. McLaughlin said:

" This device was discovered in September 2004 just prior to the commencement of the talks at Leeds Castle. It was the second such device found within ten days in Belfast. Part of the device was returned to Tony Blair during the Leeds Castle talks the remaining piece has now been made available for sale on the internet.

" After lengthy correspondence with various elements within the British system it was confirmed in January 2005 by the head of MI5 Eliza Manningham-Butler that her organisation was behind the spying operation in Connolly House.

" The decision to place this item on the internet for sale is a serious attempt to shine a light on the ongoing activities of British security agencies in Ireland. These agencies have consistently opposed the development of the Peace Process and have consistently tried to undermine efforts to advance the process at particularly sensitive times.

" There is no doubt that the discovery of this device and other similar devices in recent times has caused embarrassment for these agencies and the appearance of this bug on the internet will obviously add to that. However the fact remains that they are continuing with their operations in Ireland and this is unacceptable as we try and move forward in the time ahead." ENDS

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