posted on May, 25 2005 @ 09:35 AM
Sinn Fein has put a British surveilance bug up for sale on eBay. "This auction is for part of a British MI5 bugging device found hidden in the
floorboards of a Sinn Fein office in Belfast in September 2004," it said in a statement on Sinnfeinbookshop.com. However the item has just been
removed from sale by eBay for contravening its rules.
Part of a bugging device put up for sale on an internet auction by Sinn Fein has been removed because it contravened the website's rules, eBay has
The device, which was allegedly found hidden in the floorboards of the party's office in Belfast, was listed for sale on the company's website on
Described on the site as an "MI5 British spy device", it was being sold, accompanied by a framed, handwritten letter from party president Gerry
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I had originally started posting this news story using the yahoo!uk news item which claimed the item was still on sale. When I tried to find the item
on eBay and couldnt I widened my search and found that it had been removed in a BBC news story.
This move by the IRA was a master stroke. In one fell swoop they get free and widespread public coverage of this story due to its strangeness.
Everyone gets to know the British are being underhanded and spying on a political party, contrary to what they say. Any self-respecting government
would want to acquire this technology. And they get to make some money to boot.
The fact that it has been taken off eBay is irrelevant. More people have heard the story now and the fact that Britain is spying on Sinn Fein has
become more wide spread.
On Wednesday, eBay said it had removed the item "because it contravened clauses 6.2 and 9 of the eBay users agreement".
To which Sinn Fein accused eBay as "a clumsy attempt at censorship".
MI5 has since admitted that they did infact bug that office.
Good on them I say, all is fair in love and war.
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[edit on 25/5/05 by subz]