Undercover Diplomat – “more like politicians now, than capos”

The third and final clip from The Undercover Diplomat is the shortest of the three at only 35 seconds. It’s Powell’s comment on a visit to Downing St on 5th July 2005 by Adams and McGuinness, a few months after the events noted in the first clip. The Provisional IRA statement was made public on 28th July. Transcribed from the clip: [reading] “It’s funny. They do seem more like politicians now, than capos.” [To camera] “I think I felt a sense of pride. Not proud in myself, I think, but proud of what they had achieved. It was a bit like watching your children graduate from college. You thought ‘fantastic’. Now they’re free, now they’ve done it, and they’re on their own.”

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