IMC to drop a bombshell?

Slugger has just received a few extracts from the IMC report due to be published later today. We stress, that what appears below is an uncorroborated account and should be checked against the actual report. These are the details of those sections which focus on the Provisional IRA only. We understand that the references are virtually verbatim barring a word here and there: “…some signs are at best neutral and a few are more disturbing…” If this is ties only mildly with the published version today, then we are in for a long wait before anything starts for real here, along the lines of the Belfast Agreement at least.

Update: The BBC has clearly had the same leak.Extracts:

Paragraph 3.17: “…while at least in some areas its (PIRA’s) level of visibility may have lessened, the PIRA has not disbanded…involvement of local PIRA members in rioting in Kilcoo…

Paragraph 3.19: “…(on) INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, we believe that the organization continues to be engaged in this and has no present intention of doing otherwise…This is an activity which we believe is authorized by the leadership and which involves some very senior members…While some (of the intelligence gathering) may be for defensive purposes, it is predominantly directed towards supporting its political strategies…(e.g.) the continuation of efforts to penetrate public and other institutions with the intention of illegally obtaining or handling sensitive information…This raises the question of whether the commitment to exclusively democratic means is full and thorough going or whether there remain elements of a continuing subversive attempt going beyond the boundaries of democratic politics…The organization continues to accumulate information about individuals and groups including members of the security forces, though not with the intent to mount attacks…

Paragraph 3.20: “…at least 6 unreported assaults have come to our attention…usually involving personal disputes without leadership authorization…current and former PIRA members have acted in an
unauthorized manner…

EXILING OF INDIVIDUALS: “…has not been lifted…(and some exiling continues)

“Naming and shaming (has been done)… (references to Community Restorative Justice)…

“Opposition to cooperation with the PSNI continues despite improving community willingness to engage with the police…

Paragraph 3.21: CRIMINALITY: some (PIRA) members continue to be heavily involved in serious organized crime …(e.g.) counterfeiting, smuggling of fuel and tobacco…we are not able to say what part of the substantial monies are provided to the organization…(there is) exploitation of the proceeds of earlier funds through purchases of businesses and property…some senior PIRA members are involved in money laundering…(money) has become a key strategic asset (for PIRA)…