Was Gilmore the victim of a CIA plot?
Campaign has made Labour leader look like an opportunist and a back-stabber, writes Gene Kerrigan
As the prison gates clang shut behind US Army Private Bradley Manning, one wonders how Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Labour Party, feels about this. After all, Manning did the party a service. Or, might the apparently troubled soldier have been part of a plot to do the party harm?
These are just some of the questions that don't bother the Labour Party.
Manning goes to jail for leaking hundreds of thousands of US government secrets. Much of it was trivia, some horrifying – in particular, the video revealing US troops in helicopters, in Iraq, raining death upon civilians with the enthusiasm of teenagers crouched over their PlayStation gamepads.