In case anyone thinks Peter Sefton is making this up, here a copy of the telegram…..
In December 1988, a telex was sent to Our Man in Brussels.
The subject was Danny Morrison. It was a briefing for the Ambassador.
The writer invited the Ambassador to “draw on the following background on Danny”….
It contained the following information.
“Morrison was interned between 27 November 1972 and 21 December 1973,..he was editor of An Phoblacht [Republican News] in the late 1970s [mouthpiece for IRA and Sinn Fein]…currently director of publicity for Sinn Fein-postion held since early 80s…member of Art Comhairle [Sinn Fein National Executive] for several years…in 1981 he made the infamous quote ballot box /armalite unquote speech at the Ard Fheis [Sinn Fein Annual Conference]…in January 1982 was charged with entering the US illegally and deported to Canada….known to be a quote hawk unquote rather than a quote dove unquote….involved in recent talks with SDLP …vigourous in defending ‘armed struggle’ and publicly dismissing talk of…
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