Tuesday 17 January 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Confidentiality no longer exists

There was little in the Ireland cables that couldn't have been written by hacks, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 05/06/2011 | 05:00

Last week, I excitedly fell upon the Ireland cables obligingly provided by WikiLeaks and was disappointed. Maybe readers who are not political anoraks might have been shocked and surprised by some of the quotes from the US diplomats paid to study Ireland, but mostly I was yawning.

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So the DUP and Sinn Fein were having discreet talks for three years before they agreed to share power? Of course they were. Ambitious politicians would talk to a rabid alley cat if it was in their interests.

Sinn Fein was spooked by a dissident republican threat to kill Martin McGuinness? Of course it wasn't. It suits Shinners to talk up the risks they've taken in the interests of peace to help people forget all the murders committed while they were at war.

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