“Could he have done anything for them [Sinn Fein and the IRA]? Maybe.”

The Daily Telegraph’s report that retired US State Department analyst, Kendall Myers – charged, along his wife Gwendolyn, with conspiracy, being agents of a foreign government [Cuba] and wire fraud – was a rival to Mitchell Reiss’ appointment as Northern Ireland envoy in 2003 raises a number of ‘what if?’ questions about Reiss’ “liberal intervention”. [Cuckoo, cuckoo – Ed] [Adds Toby Harden blogs his report]. From the Telegraph report

Mitchell Reiss, whom President George W. Bush was appointed as envoy to Northern Ireland by in 2003 in preference to Mr Myers, said: “Could he have done anything for them [Sinn Fein and the IRA]? Maybe.” Just as likely, he added, was that Mr Myers wanted promotion to gain access to intelligence that might not have related to Cuba. “The Cubans could then sell it around the world.

“It could have been valuable for a lot of people the Cubans were going business with. It would have had a financial value, there could have been other strategic interests Cuba wanted to pursue and this was the currency involved.” Mr Reiss confirmed that he had been told that Mr Myers had sought the envoy job.