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Auction of MI5 bugging device will go ahead at sinnfeinbookshop.com

25 May, 2005


Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin this morning said that the auction of the MI5 bugging device will go ahead at www.sinnfeinbookshop.com. He described the removal of the auction from eBay as a "clumsy attempt at censorship" which no doubt came about as a result of the efforts of the same shadowy individuals who were responsible for putting this bugging device in our offices in the first place.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

"Yesterday, in an attempt to put the spotlight on the ongoing activities of British security agencies in Ireland we put the MI5 bugging device which had been found in Sinn Féin offices in Belfast in September 2004, just prior to the commencement of the peace talks at Leeds Castle, up for auction on eBay.

"There was widespread interest in the auction in Ireland and in many countries across the world, something which obviously made MI5 deeply uncomfortable.

"Last night, without warning, the auction of the bugging device was removed from eBay. Many people believe that the removal of the auction came about as a result of the efforts of the same shadowy individuals who were responsible for putting this bugging device in Sinn Féin's offices in the first place.

"Despite this clumsy effort at censorship the auction will continue and people can now place bids at sinnfeinbookshop.com." ENDS

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