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People in glass houses shouldn’t condemn WikiLeaks when they supported the IRA

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is calling for it to be made illegal for Americans to support WikiLeaks, by adding them to the Treasury Department’s “economic blacklist”. This would put WikiLeaks on the same list as terrorist groups and international drug dealers. And indeed, King has publicly likened WikiLeaks to a military act of aggression.

I guess he is entitled to his own opinion, except that Congressman King was himself a longtime supporter and fundraiser for terrorists!

In the 1980s, King frequently traveled to Northern Ireland to meet with IRA members. In 1982, speaking at a pro-IRA rally in Nassau County, New York, King said: “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.” He called the IRA “the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland.” A Northern Irish judge ordered King ejected from the former’s courtroom, describing him as “an obvious collaborator with the IRA”. He became involved with NORAID, an organization that the British, Irish and US governments accuse of financing IRA activities and providing them with weapons. He was banned from appearing on British TV for his pro IRA views and refusing to condemn IRA activity in the UK.

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